Brush fire breaks out in Los Angeles

Ventura County Fire Department

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.

Nicknamed the Skirball Fire, it was reported at 5 a.m. near Mulholland Drive, a five-minute drive from the Skirball Cultural Center.

Stunned motorists found the hillside ablaze and gridlock below as fire raced towards the homes of numerous city's rich and famous. People who live in Mandeville and Sullivan canyons should be prepared to leave their homes, authorities said.

Those winds have since settled down, according to Curbed, but mandatory evacuation orders were issued for an area of Bel Air south of Mulholland Drive, North Sunset Boulevard, the 405 and west of Roscomare Road, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

It was reported at six acres but quickly grew to at least 50 acres as crews were working against 25 miles per hour winds. The two fires were in addition to the largest blaze, the Thomas fire in Ventura that had destroyed more than 150 homes. There were no injuries yet reported, according to KABC-TV.

Brush fire breaks out in Los Angeles

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

"But Cal Fire suspects the true number is hundreds more; firefighters just haven't been able to get into areas to know for sure". 220 Firefighters on scene.

Sylmar resident Virginia Padilla, whose family owns a ranch in Sylmar, told NBC4 the fire killed at least 30 of the ranch's horses.

The fire was zero percent contained as of Wednesday morning, Terrazas said.

The weather conditions were impeding efforts to contain and extinguish the out-of-control blaze, as strong, gusty winds fueled the "extreme" fire behavior, according to the inciweb incident information website.

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