Wildfire shuts San Diego Freeway: Rush-hour nightmare as flames rage

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Wildfire shuts San Diego Freeway: Rush-hour nightmare as flames rage

No major institution so far has said it has incurred damage, but, as of midday, more than 150 buildings and homes have been destroyed in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, and almost 12,000 more buildings are potentially threatened by four fires threatening various areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Fire Department spokesman Margaret Stewart says the fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. and is burning uphill, driven by the landscape rather than winds.

A SigAlert was issued for the closure of all northbound lanes on the 405 Freeway just after 5 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol's traffic incident log.

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for homes on Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive and Casiano Road down to Bellagio Road.

The Thomas fire, which has ravaged Ventura County, continued to burn out of control Wednesday, reaching the Pacific Ocean unchecked as officials warned that many more homes have been lost.

Residents living south of Mulholland, east of the 405, north of Sunset Boulevard, and west of Roscomare Road were told to leave their homes. The eastbound and westbound entrances to the 405 Freeway from the 10 Freeway are closed as well.

According to a report from the museum on its Twitter account Wednesday morning, "Air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke".

The wind and the fires are expected to continue whipping up at least until the end of the day on Thursday, said Umansky. "Residents of Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should be prepared for evacuation the department said".

The Creek fire was listed at 11,000 acres.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, but flames were seen approaching several hillside homes amid 25 miles per hour winds.

The Getty Center was already set to be closed Wednesday due to the other wild fires burning in Southern California.

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