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

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

Firefighters worked against high winds, hampering their ability to contain the fires.

Farther north, in Santa Clarita, firefighters were making significant gains against the Rye fire that had burned toward Magic Mountain on Tuesday afternoon.

More than 600 firefighters battled the blaze amid strong Santa Ana winds, some gusting at 70 miles per hour.

An unknown number of homes were destroyed by the blaze, according to LAFD.

"Resources are fully engaged saving lives and defending property", she said.

Residents who had to evacuate from their homes described tense moments as the fires rapidly approached.

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Macumber add that they were able to get a team together quickly because lot of guys stepped up and wanted to go to help out-two engineers were sent to help prevent driver fatigue with the long trip.

The fire was first reported around 5 a.m.at the northbound 405 at Mulholland Drive.

For the second time in as many months, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District will be sending a strike team out of District to assist other agencies in fighting fires.

"This has only just begun", said Terrazas. The Los Angeles Police Department was on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders maximum flexibility in deploying resources. The 405 Freeway in Bentwood has been closed as crews try to tend to the blaze. All ramps along that stretch were also closed. Residents living west of the 405 should brace for evacuations as well in the event the flames cross the freeway. "Residents of Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should be prepared for evacuation the department said". Helicopters on sight. Evacuation centers set up at rec centers. For small animals, shelters were in place at West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St., and the East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.

Many schools and local businesses in both counties have been closed.

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