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Brush Fire Erupts Along 405 Freeway In Sepulveda Pass

07 December 2017

Videos of that 50-acre blaze, dubbed the Skirball Fire because of its proximity to the Skirball Cultural Center, showed bright flames glowing ominously close to motorists. Some 100,000 people have evacuated already, and Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said crews would likely be battling the blaze for days. Six fixed-wing aircraft and a number of helicopters were deployed to the scene, Garcetti said. The La Tuna Fire in September also sent massive amounts of smoke into the air above Los Angeles and forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes.

The fire was first reported around 5 a.m. local time Wednesday east of the 405 and north of Sunset Boulevard.

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

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California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Ventura County Tuesday morning.

Fires tore through neighborhoods, razing homes to the ground, reducing them to gray smoldering ashes. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so". So far it has consumed at least 45,000 acres and burned down at least 150 structures, including a 200-unit apartment complex and Vista Del Mar, a psychiatric hospital. "We're so blessed that we still have a house". The museum was closed for the day due to the fire. "We don't want to hamper our personnel and not send them".

Winds in the area were blowing at about 25 miles per hour, according to the Fire Department.

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Brush Fire Erupts Along 405 Freeway In Sepulveda Pass