Commuters share terrifying videos of raging wildfire along LA freeway

07 December, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Laverne Higgins
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California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, freeing state funds and resources to assist the more than 1,000 firefighters battling the flames around the clock.

What's being called the "Skirball" fire for its location near the Skirball Cultural Center is covering 150 acres in Los Angeles-a separate blaze from the "Thomas" fire that broke out near Ventura earlier this week and has burned over 65,000 acres so far, The New York Times reported.

As of 7 p.m., the blaze had scorched 11,377 acres and remained at 0 percent containment.

A horse is evacuated along Osborne street at the Creek fire Tuesday morning.

Firefighters put out flames near a home along Kagel Canyon road at the Creek fire Tuesday morning.

The mayor urged residents to heed orders to evacuate - saying, "Do not wait". One was expected to be released Tuesday night, while another was set to be head home Wednesday.

"Do not expect to back tonight", Garcetti said.

Estimated at 50 acres and fueled by 25 miles per hour winds, the blaze was expected to grow, Los Angeles authorities told the newspaper.

Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar was closed today.

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"This has only just begun", he said. Two firefighting helicopters have been assigned. No injuries have been reported, and 220 firefighters are on the scene, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The Southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway are now open through the Sepulveda pass, but the Northbound lanes are closed.

The fire threatened homes toward the top of the hill on the east side of the freeway. The Skirball Fire is in mostly residential areas causing evacuation, and UCLA students were given the option to go to class.

- Mason Recreation Center, 10500 Mason Ave., Chatsworth. A second center is available to evacuees at the Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick Street.

The extent of the fires was captured on video as commuters drove along a freeway on Wednesday.

- for small animals, West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St.; East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.; and Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd, Sunland/Tujunga.

The fire affected a number of schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The crews were assigned to structure protection for both residential and business structures and could be in Los Angeles County for up to 14-days before returning home. There was no immediate word if classes would resume Wednesday.

Fierce Santa Ana winds whipped up the most destructive of the wildfires on Monday evening.

One resident who was evacuated told KTLA he was surprised at how quickly the winds shifted.

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