Shocking images Wednesday showed the scene as drivers took to the 405 freeway in the Los Angeles area. A massive wildfire, named the Skirball fire, has overtaken some of the area near the roadway.
Mandatory evacuations are under way in Bel Air as the brush fire erupted near the Getty Center and climbed up the hillside. The 405 Freeway in Bentwood has been closed as crews try to tend to the blaze.
The fire was first reported around 5 a.m. local time Wednesday east of the 405 and north of Sunset Boulevard. Those in the area were ordered by the Los Angeles Fire Department to evacuate. The Los Angeles Times reported that several homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood were seen burning as the fire continues to grow from 50 acres.
The fire has been growing because of dry and windy conditions, which have spread hot embers across the area. The conditions and probability for a wildfire to break out put the area and firefighters on high alert.
“It’s been years since anything here has burned at all,” Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Cody Weireter told The Times. “You’ve got heavy, heavy brush, you’ve got the dryness — obviously, we haven’t had any rain at all. A lot of the fire is topography-driven, which already becomes dangerous. The wind is going to increase that twofold.”
See a map of the current location of the Skirball Fire below:
The Skirball Fire is the latest of many which are raging in the Southern California area. There’s also the Ventura County ire, the Sylmar fire, the Santa Clarita fire and the San Bernardino fire.
The outbreak of wildfires in the Southern California area prompted President Donald Trump to offer his thoughts and prayers to residents in the path of the dangerous fires.