Fire Department spokesman Margaret Stewart says the fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. Wednesday and is burning uphill, driven by topography rather than winds. The northbound side of the 405 was shut down about 5 a.m.
The area is in the vicinity of the devastating 1961 "Bel Air fire" that destroyed about 500 homes. Some 100,000 people have evacuated already, and Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said crews would likely be battling the blaze for days.
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. The only fire in which there was any containment was the Rye, at 5%. The winds are also helping to cause fires to exhibit extreme fire behavior, making them hard to impossible to control.
"It's been years since anything here has burned at all", Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Cody Weireter told The Times. Temperatures were cool, however, in the 60s and 70s.
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A helicopter flies over the 11,000 acre Creek fire now burning in the Angeles National Forest above Sylmar. Crews were working against 25 miles per hour winds, though authorities said the fire was traveling uphill and was driven by the landscape and not the wind. Fire officials said there were two firefighter injuries, including one who was hurt when the bulldozer he was operating overturned.
Power outages were widespread.
As Southern California firefighters continue their struggle to contain fires throughout Los Angeles and surrounding counties on Wednesday, commuters found themselves driving next to raging fires that now are threatening the Westwood, Brentwood and Bel-Air neighborhoods of West L.A.
"Calls are being rerouted so you will get help!" the station tweeted.