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

Wind-Driven Brush Fire Scorches 31,000 Acres in Santa Paula

A Los Angeles firefighter battles the Skirball Fire on Wednesday in the Bel-Air area that prompted the shutdown of the 405 Freeway. The owner had been ordered to evacuate at 5 a.m. this morning with homes in the 1300 address range reportedly on fire.

North winds of 8 to 14 miles per hour and a relative humidity in the low 20's caused the fire to spread rapidly to the south.

As of 8:35 am Wednesday, the fire had grown to 11,377 acres per CALFIRE.

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 SigAlert was expanded at 6:45 a.m., shutting down the freeway in both directions from the 10 Freeway to the 101 Freeway, the CHP stated. "Thus far, their dedicated efforts have prevented the loss of life", said Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) on its official website.

According to LAPD: Residents by Casiano Rd, Moraga, & Linda Flora in West Los Angeles being evacuated/are evacuated for the 405 brush fire.

All Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District schools will be closed Wednesday due to new fire developments.

No evacuation orders were officially in place, however residents should be prepared to get out quickly, Stewart said. The pass is one of the most heavily-trafficked in the nation.

The Skirball Fire is the latest of many which have been raging in the Southern California area.

The fire was burning in the same general area as the devastating Bel Air Fire of 1961. Firefighting crews set up on the southbound side of the 405 to prevent the fire from jumping the freeway, and northbound vehicles were being turned back. Needless to say, the Skirball Center will remain closed as well.

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