Hundreds of firefighters battle dynamic brush fire in Southern California

by Dwayne Torres December 7, 2017, 0:16
Hundreds of firefighters battle dynamic brush fire in Southern California

The fast moving brush fire, dubbed the Creek Fire, began early Tuesday in Los Angeles County.

Residents near Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should be ready to go. The Creek Fire has so far charred 11,000 acres and has no containment, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.

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

According to the Los Angeles Times, authorities have ordered the evacuation of all homes between Mulholland Drive on the north, Sunset Boulevard on the south, Roscomare Road on the east and the 405 Freeway on the west.

The devastating blaze destroyed at least 30 homes and prompted mandatory evacuations that affected an estimated 150,000 residents, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

It was reported at six acres but quickly grew to at least 50 acres as crews were working against 25 miles per hour winds.

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

On Tuesday, two unsafe fires swept through southern California, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate.

The Skirball fire situation is rapidly evolving. At least 1,000 firefighters were deployed to the scene. Some 100,000 people have evacuated already, and Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said crews would likely be battling the blaze for days.

All lanes of the freeway were shut down in the area in both directions as the morning rush hour got under way, causing massive traffic delays on both sides of the main artery between the San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles.

Yet another wildfire broke out in Southern California this week, this one along the 405 Freeway. Needless to say, the Skirball Center will remain closed as well.


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