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Skirball Fire forces closure of the 405 in Los Angeles

06 December 2017

According to LAPD: Residents by Casiano Rd, Moraga, & Linda Flora in West Los Angeles being evacuated/are evacuated for the 405 brush fire.

Virginia Padilla, whose family owns a ranch in Sylmar, had the devastating loss of at least 30 horses to the 11,000-acre blaze dubbed the Creek Fire. A massive wildfire, named the Skirball fire, has overtaken some of the area near the roadway and has threatened residents nearby.

An estimated 800 firefighters were on the lines battling the blaze, which was being pushed by sustained winds of 25 miles per hour, along with gusts up to 45 miles per hour. The blaze prompted the evacuations of 27,000 people and was zero percent contained Wednesday morning.

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Two evacuation centers were opened: Sylmar Recreation Center at 13109 Borden Sylmar, and Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick Sunland. Evacuations were initially ordered in the area north of the Foothill Freeway from Glenoaks Boulevard on the west to the border with La Crescenta on the east.

The SigAlert was expanded at 6:45 a.m., shutting down the freeway in both directions from the 10 Freeway to the 101 Freeway, the CHP stated. The area from Sayre Street to the 5 and 14 freeways split was under voluntary evacuation, according to L.A. Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell. And the Los Angeles Unified School District said the student bodies of Hubbard and Harding schools in Sylmar would be redirected to San Fernando High School at 11133 O'Melveny San Fernando.

Twenty- one charter schools in the area also will be closed today. There was no immediate word if classes would resume Wednesday.

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Helicopters and six air tankers made water drops as a thick pall of smoke wafted across the city.

LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas noted that red flag conditions are expected to remain in effect at least through Friday, with gusting Santa Ana winds presenting a continuing danger of rapidly spreading blazes.

"If you stay in your homes, you cause our resources to be diverted to take care of you, and you are part of the problem", he said.

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Skirball Fire forces closure of the 405 in Los Angeles