Evacuations ordered in Bel Air as wildfire burns near the 405 freeway

Evacuations ordered in Bel Air as wildfire burns near the 405 freeway

Fueled by high winds, the blaze dubbed the Creek fire was reported at 3:42 a.m. near Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which was assisting the U.S. Forest Service and the Los Angeles Fire Department in battling the flames.

The Getty Center and the nearby Skirball Center are both on the west side of the freeway, and did not appear to be threatened. Along with the lack of much-needed rain, the Santa Ana winds have made it very hard to contain and put out the fires.

Amid Santa Ana wind conditions believed to be the worst in a decade, a brush fire raged out of the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar Tuesday and raced across 11,000 acres, destroying about 30 homes and forcing more than 100,000 people from their homes.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a local emergency in response to the Creek Fire.

The Los Angeles Times reports a ring of fire also formed around the hillside house where "Ring of Fire" singer Johnny Cash one lived.

More than 1,000 firefighters are trying to battle the blaze but can not enter the area "due to the intensity of the fire", county officials said.

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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.

The fire was burning in the same general area as the devastating Bel Air Fire of 1961.

About 105 patients were voluntarily evacuated from Mountain View Convalescent Center in Sylmar.

As homes are destroyed or damaged in the area, there will likely be an uptick in lease and rental demand, said Umansky, though the rental vacancy rate in Bel-Air and Brentwood area is very low. Those in the area were ordered by the Los Angeles Fire Department to evacuate. Winds in the area were blowing at 25 miles per hour.

The new blaze shut down the 405 Freeway between the 101 and 10 freeways. The Southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway are now open through the Sepulveda pass, but the Northbound lanes are closed.

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