Hundreds of firefights have been battling five major fires throughout the night in the Los Angeles County area, scorching at least 65,000 acres. The wildfires, fueled by 25 miles-per-hour winds, are still not under control and officials fear the fire will jump again as winds are expected to pick up again in the afternoon. Meanwhile, the air quality is so bad, flocks of seagulls are flying eastward from Malibu and Santa Monica, where schools have been closed.
The fires are: the Thomas fire in Ventura County; the Rye fire in Santa Clarita; the Creek fire in the Foothills/Sylmar area of Ventura County (horse country, so far 30 horses have died); the Little Mountain in San Bernardino; and the Skirball fire in LA County (started near the 405 Freeway and Mullholland Drive around 5:00am), which has destroyed and is threatening not only mansions but the Getty Center with its precious art.
The 405 Freeway is closed in both directions, with mandatory evacuations ordered for the Bel Air area. Additionally, a CHP shut down the freeway in both directions from the 10 Freeway to the 101 Freeway, the CHP stated.
KTLA reports: “Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for residents within the following boundaries: South of Mulholland Drive, east of the 405 Freeway, north of Sunset Boulevard and west of Roscomare Road, according to news alert from the Los Angeles Fire Department.”
Please be note that the air quality is bad and even if you can’t see smoke, dust and other particles can be in the wind.