They have also been posting images of the inferno as it devastates Los Angeles. It prompted the 405 Freeway to close in both directions between 101 and 10. And an area south of the Foothill Freeway was ordered evacuated in Shadow Hills between Sunland Boulevard to the south, Wentworth Street to the north and Tuxford Street to the west, officials said.
The area is in the vicinity of the devastating 1961 "Bel Air fire" that destroyed about 500 homes. 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. The fire is northeast of the Getty Center and east of the San Diego Freeway.
A 1,000-acre fire blazed through the Angeles National Forest Tuesday, Dec.5, trapping several people in Sylmar, and forcing mandatory evacuations, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 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. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so".
Hundreds of USA firefighters were battling to save homes Tuesday as a dynamic brush fire driven by strong winds exploded to at least 4,000 acres in hours in Southern California. The fire burned more than 11,000 acres by Wednesday morning and had destroyed an estimated 30 homes, KTVU-TV reported. Firefighters worked against high winds, hampering their ability to contain the fires.
Moraga Estate, the only working winery in Bel-Air and home of Twenty-First Century Fox and Fox News Chairman Rupert Murdoch, appears to be the latest casualty of wildfires spread by the Santa Ana winds in Southern California.
"This has only just begun", he said Tuesday. It remained unclear at the time what caused each wildfire.