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Brush Fire Erupts Along 405 Freeway In Sepulveda Pass

Brush Fire Erupts Along 405 Freeway In Sepulveda Pass

Homes on Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive, Casiano Road down to Bellagio Road, east of the 405, south of Mulholland Drive, North of Sunset Boulevard and west of Roscomare Road are now under mandatory evacuation orders.

The Times also states that authorities have closed all northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway and all on-ramps onto the 405 north of the 10 Freeway.

Schools were closed in the area and some local residents were ordered to evacuate. The fire broke out near the 405 Freeway and Mulholland Drive just before 5 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

Fire crews responded to the brush fire dubbed the Creek Fire shortly before 4 a.m. and requested structure protection near Kagel Canyon. More than 350 firefighters from 52 engine companies were deployed to the scene, supported by helicopters that were making water drops, said LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas.

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The blaze on the east side of the freeway across from the Getty Center is causing massive traffic jams on the 405 freeway and other roadways in the area. In Ventura County, the Thomas Fire spread to over 50,000 acres as of early Wednesday morning. Gov.

"This fire is very risky and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said. 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. The fire burned more than 11,000 acres by Wednesday morning and had destroyed an estimated 30 homes, KTVU-TV reported.

Strong winds were hindering the deployment of firefighting aircraft, according to fire officials. Los Angeles Mission College's Main Campus at 13356 Eldridge Ave. and the East Campus at 12890 Harding St., both in Sylmar, were closed for the day, but there was no immediate word if classes would resume today.


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