Brush fire breaks out in Los Angeles

Brush fire breaks out in Los Angeles

Brush fire breaks out in Los Angeles

Fire crews were hard at work trying to contain the blaze, but they were fighting a fire fueled 25 miles per hour winds.

As of 7 p.m., the blaze had scorched 11,377 acres and remained at 0 percent containment.

Stunned motorists found the hillside ablaze and gridlock below as fire raced towards the homes of numerous city's rich and famous.

The fire started at several points on the hills in the early morning and blew up to a raging fire, sprawling along the terrain, according to local residents. Residents living west of the 405 should brace for evacuations as well in the event the flames cross the freeway.

At an afternoon news conference, Garcetti said more than 30 structures were "lost", and that some 150,000 people were affected by evacuation orders. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency as 27,000 people were evacuated from their homes, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Citywide, about 600 officers were assigned to coordinate security and various "firefighting events, " Beck said.

Firefighters from throughout Southern California were mobilized to fight the fires. Other agencies assisting including the U.S. Forest Service. At least 1,000 firefighters were deployed to the scene. "We are a resilient city, we are a strong city, we are a capable city".

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The fire was burning in the same general area as the devastating Bel Air Fire of 1961.

An unknown number of homes were destroyed by the blaze, according to LAFD.

The blaze comes amid a red flag warning - due to low humidity and fierce Santa Ana winds - that is expected to last through much of the week.

"This has only just begun", said Terrazas.

"There was three major fires, one in Ventura and two in Los Angeles County", stated Battalion Chief Ross Macumber.

About 105 patients were voluntarily evacuated from Mountain View Convalescent Center in Sylmar. The closure was between the 101 Freeway to the north and the 10 Freeway to the south.

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