Четверг, 14 Декабря, 2017

Wildfires lead to hellish scenes for Los Angeles commuters

Wildfires lead to hellish scenes for Los Angeles commuters Wildfires lead to hellish scenes for Los Angeles commuters
Ivan Hill | 07 Декабря, 2017, 02:12

This is now the fifth fire burning in the region.

A fast-moving brush fire that broke out early this morning in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar has charred about 4,000 acres, burning structures and forcing mandatory evacuations.

This is a developing story.

The wildfire has reportedly reached about 50 acres in size and is still growing, fueled by 25-mph winds. Residents living west of the 405 should brace for evacuations, too, should flames jump the freeway, officials say. No injuries were reported.

Shortly before 7 a.m., the California Highway Patrol closed the entire 405 Freeway between the Ventura (101) Freeway and the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, along with on-ramps and off-ramps and freeway transition roads in the affected area.

Firefighters were also battling other massive blazes in Southern California.

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Nearly 200,000 people lost power in Ventura County on Tuesday, making it challenging for the 1,100 firefighters to put out the flames.

"We don't have a good feel on which direction this fire is heading", Stewart said.

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck urged local residents to evacuate immediately if they were told to leave, noting that strong winds are expected to continue through at least Thursday. The fire burned more than 11,000 acres by Wednesday morning and had destroyed an estimated 30 homes, KTVU-TV reported. Before the freeway closing, a morning commuter captured terrifying footage of fire surrounding the freeway.

Their luxury home in Bel-Air, which they had just put on the market three days ago, was "in the middle of it all", he said.

It was accompanied by Santa Ana winds of 25 miles per hour, which have helped spur several devastating wildfires across Southern California this week. It remained unclear at the time what caused each wildfire.

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