Both sides of the 210 Freeway were reopened Wednesday morning as crews continue to battle the Creek Fire near Sylmar. Homes in the area were being evacuated, including those on Bundy Canyon Road and Mandeville Canyon Road.
The Creek Fire was reported as a 1,000-acre brush fire at 3:42 a.m. on Tuesday near Gold Creek and Little Tujunga by the Angeles National Forest. Residents south of Mulholland Drive, east of 405 Freeway, north of Sunset Boulevard and west of Roscomare Road are under mandatory evacuation orders as well.
Fire Department spokesman Margaret Stewart says the fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. and is burning uphill, driven by the landscape rather than winds. Earlier in the morning, authorities ordered evacuations along Casiano Road, Moraga Drive and Linda Flora Drive.
The Skirball fire situation is rapidly evolving.
All Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District schools will be closed Wednesday due to new fire developments. In addition to the Bel-Air fire, the Ventura County fire has forced at least 50,000 people to evacuate.
An unknown number of homes were destroyed by the blaze, according to LAFD. Before the freeway closing, a morning commuter captured terrifying footage of fire surrounding the freeway.
It was accompanied by Santa Ana winds of 25 miles per hour, which have helped spur several devastating wildfires across Southern California this week.
As the fire burns northeast of the Getty Center and east of the 405 (San Diego) Freeway, the museum and other Center facilities are closed to the public.
Yet another wildfire broke out in Southern California this week, this one along the 405 Freeway. The California Highway Patrol said the freeway has reopened, but some off-ramps remains closed.