Mandatory evacuations are in place in Bel Air this morning as a fast-moving brush fire that erupted near the 405 freeway near the Getty Center climbed up the hillside, threatening an unknown number of homes. The Strike team was assigned to the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County.
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Three firefighters were injured and hospitalized in stable condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
"It would be safe to say there are hundreds of homes in the area", said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Umansky, who has opened his home to one family and said another two were on their way, said the street most affected this morning was south Casiano Road in Bel-Air. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a local state of emergency in response to the latest new fire, the 125-acre Skirball Fire, named for the cultural center near the 405 that was threatened, along with the affluent residential enclave of Bel Air.
"We have no reports of any civilian fatalities or injuries, which speaks to the fact people are evacuating", county Fire Chief Daryl Osby said. Meanwhile, several other wildfires were burning in other parts of the Southland, including the 65,000-acre Thomas fire in Ventura County, the 11,000-acre Creek Fire in near Sylmar and Lake View Terrace, and the 7,000-acre Rye Fire in the Santa Clarita area.
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in an exclusive ridge-top neighbourhood in Los Angeles as a unsafe new wildfire burns in Southern California.
Other commuters also posted frightening videos of the wildfire. Many were evacuated from the nearby homes, including Chelsea Handler.
The fire had burned about 50 acres and is quickly spreading, Stewart said. A black sky surrounded by fire and ash covered the region as firefighters worked tirelessly at the scene. The wildfire started at 4am Tuesday and rapidly spread in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest, located above the neighborhood of Sylmar in the San Fernando Valley. But as of Tuesday night, at least 30 homes had been destroyed, about 20 of them in the Little Tujunga, Kagel Canyon and Lopez Canyon areas. The northbound side of the 405 was shut down about 5 a.m.
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