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Evacuations ordered in Bel Air as wildfire burns near the 405 freeway

06 December 2017

The Creek Fire north of downtown Los Angeles has burned 11,000 acres, while the smaller Rye Fire burned 7,000 acres.

Sarah Ashton, left, gets a hug from family friend Robert Rex while Ashton, her sister, Tara Asciutto, and their dad Stephen Ashton got a first look at their family home and vineyard after the Nuns Fire destroyed the property in Glen Ellen, Calif.

Homes on Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive, Casiano Road down to Bellagio Road, east of the 405, south of Mulholland Drive, North of Sunset Boulevard and west of Roscomare Road are now under mandatory evacuation orders.

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.

In Ventura County, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, a wildfire has burned more than 101 square miles and endangers 12,000 structures, reported The Associated Press.

The Creek fire, reported at 3:42 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, is burning in Kagel Canyon above Sylmar and the Hansen Dam Recreation Area.

The Getty Center was already set to be closed Wednesday due to the other wildfires burning in Southern California. The Los Angeles Police Department was on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders maximum flexibility in deploying resources.

The Foothill (210) Freeway was closed in both directions between the Golden State (5) Freeway on the west and the Glendale (2) Freeway and wasn't expected to be reopened until at least Wednesday morning. The Pomona Fairplex also opened its stables for evacuated animals. 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. Six fixed-wing aircraft and a number of helicopters were deployed to the scene, Garcetti said. Santa Ana winds and low humidity are making the firefight hard.

Many schools and local businesses in both counties have been closed.

"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.

Evacuations ordered in Bel Air as wildfire burns near the 405 freeway