Thursday, 26 April, 2018

Skirball Fire Map: Current Location of the Wildfire

Wildfires make for a smokey morning on Venice beach Wildfires make for a smokey morning on Venice beach
Sammy Stanley | 06 December, 2017, 23:42

The Skirball Fire in the Sepulveda Pass prompted evacuations and shut down a major freeway early Wednesday.

The 50-acre brush fire, dubbed the Skirball Fire, broke out just before 5 a.m. Wednesday near where Interstate 405 intersects with Mulholland Drive in Bel-Air.

As firefighters tenaciously battled flames from several major fires that all flared in just 24 hours in Southern California, animal lovers anxious about their pet's safety with as many as 150,000 people under mandatory evacuation orders.

A helicopter flies over the 11,000 acre Creek fire now burning in the Angeles National Forest above Sylmar.

Herjit Sing sheds a tear after being evacuated from his home on La Tiera Way during the Creek fire on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.

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. Evacuations were initially ordered in the area north of the Foothill Freeway from Glenoaks Boulevard on the west to the border with La Crescenta on the east.

So far the fire in Ventura County has burned 31,000 acres and has forced 27,000 thousand people to evacuate.

Tremors felt in Delhi-NCR as quake hits Uttarakhand
As per IMD, the epicentre of the quake was Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag, with a Magnitude of 5.5 and depth of 30 km. The strong tremors have jolted whole North India with the intensity of 5.5 on the Ritcher scale.

But by early Tuesday afternoon, the eastern boundary of the evacuation area had been expanded to the Haynes Canyon area.

Mandatory evacuations are under way in Bel Air as the brush fire erupted near the Getty Center and climbed up the hillside. A second center is available to evacuees at the Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick Street.

Students at a variety of Los Angeles Unified School District campuses were affected by the fire, with students diverted to alternate campuses to keep them out of the fire's path. Santa Ana winds and low humidity are making the firefight hard.

For small animals, shelters were in place at West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St., and the East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.

Los Angeles Mission College's Main Campus at 13356 Eldridge Ave. and the East Campus at 12890 Harding St., both in Sylmar, were closed for the day.

Twenty- one charter schools in the area also will be closed today. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so".

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