New Fire Hits the 405 Freeway, in the Heart of Los Angeles

New Fire Hits the 405 Freeway, in the Heart of Los Angeles

Dozens of expensive hilltop homes were threatened early Wednesday and the San Diego (405) Freeway was shut down as a fast-moving brush fire roared on the other side of the freeway from the Getty Center in the Sepulveda Pass.

"This fire is very unsafe and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said, according to the Los Angeles Times. Both lanes of the 405 Freeway were closed as a result of the fire.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was working to evacuate residents near the area of Lopez Canyon and Kagel Canyon, according to LA County Fire.

Hundreds of US firefighters were battling to save homes Tuesday as a dynamic brush fire driven by strong winds exploded to at least 4,000 acres in hours in Southern California.

Wind-whipped wildfires are burning extremely dry terrain along thenorthern and western edges of Los Angeles, and, more extensively, Ventura County, northwest of the city, for a third day. "With winds like this, it can be anything", Garcetti said, referring to the powerful Santa Ana winds that continued to blow across the region.

The area is in the vicinity of the devastating 1961 "Bel Air fire" that destroyed about 500 homes. Smoke had already spread throughout the west Los Angeles area from wildfires further north by Tuesday morning.

"We don't have a good feel on which direction this fire is heading", Stewart said. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so". "I can't believe it, because the fire was so close". Crews were working against 25 miles per hour winds, though authorities said the fire was traveling uphill and was driven by the landscape and not the wind.

More than 600 firefighters battled the blaze amid strong Santa Ana winds, some gusting at 70 miles per hour.

About 100 officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were sent to the neighborhood to handle evacuation orders, said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.