Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Wildfires lead to hellish scenes for Los Angeles commuters

Wildfires lead to hellish scenes for Los Angeles commuters Wildfires lead to hellish scenes for Los Angeles commuters
Lora Ball | 07 December, 2017, 00:16

At about 7 a.m. the reported size of the fire was 50 acres, but it may have grown significantly since then.

As firefighters tenaciously battled flames from several major fires that all flared in just 24 hours in Southern California, animal lovers anxious about their pet's safety with as many as 150,000 people under mandatory evacuation orders.

This is a developing story.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said they're trying to "stop this fire before it becomes something bigger" like the Bel Air fire of 1961. Homes in the area were being evacuated, including those on Bundy Canyon Road and Mandeville Canyon Road. 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. No injuries were reported.

The 405 is closed in both directions from the 10 to the 101.

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Hundreds of homes throughout southern California have gone up in flames as a result of the blaze. 220 Firefighters on scene.

"This fire is very unsafe and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said.

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck urged local residents to evacuate immediately if they were told to leave, noting that strong winds are expected to continue through at least Thursday.

A helicopter flies over the 11,000 acre Creek fire now burning in the Angeles National Forest above Sylmar.

The Padilla family was there Wednesday morning, surveying the smoldering ranch that their father built more than 20 years ago. She and her family were given just enough time to gather some necessities but not their horses, Padilla said. Firefighters worked against high winds, hampering their ability to contain the fires.

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