Videos Of Wildfires Reaching Sepulveda Pass Threatening Getty Center

Videos Of Wildfires Reaching Sepulveda Pass Threatening Getty Center

Videos Of Wildfires Reaching Sepulveda Pass Threatening Getty Center

While the blaze in Sylmar began spreading rapidly, the 31,000-acre Thomas Fire scorched Ventura County, forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee from their homes.

A new wildfire in Los Angeles near the Getty Museum has prompted officials to shut down the 405 freeway completely and evacuate areas of Bel Air in which homes are already burning. Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas told Curbed over 500 homes were lost in that tragic fire.

More than a dozen shelters have been set up to help evacuated residents.

A total of 44 people were killed, some 106,000 people were evacuated and 110,720 acres were devastated by the fires.

Estimated at 50 acres and fueled by 25 miles per hour winds, the blaze was expected to grow, Los Angeles authorities told the newspaper.

There were no other immediate reports of injuries.

"All of a sudden I see from the other side fire came to our side, so scary", said Adrine Davityan, who owns a home in Shadow Hills.

Police were forced to shut down nine miles of the Interstate 405 freeway, one of the busiest in the USA, early on Wednesday morning. Evacuations were initially ordered in the area north of the 210 Freeway from Glenoaks Boulevard on the west to the border with La Crescenta on the east.

Two evacuation centers were opened: Sylmar Recreation Center at 13109 Borden Ave.in Sylmar, and Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick St.in Sunland.

Students at a variety of Los Angeles Unified School District campuses were affected by the fire, with students diverted to alternate campuses to keep them out of the fire's path.

- for small animals, West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St.; East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.; and Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd, Sunland/Tujunga. Along with the lack of much-needed rain, the Santa Ana winds have made it very hard to contain and put out the fires.

ABC 7 reported 350 firefighters from 52 engine companies were stationed at the scene, supported by helicopters making water drops and six fixed-wing aircrafts.

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