SANTA MONICA, California — A new fire broke out early Wednesday morning near the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, shutting down the busiest road in the United States in the midst of the early commute.
Those already on the 405 shared photos and videos of the blaze on social media. Los Angeles fire authorities closed down the freeway shortly thereafter, disrupting the morning commute for hundreds of thousands of people traveling between Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.
The 405 Freeway Getty Center fire pic.twitter.com/8asimBuCtr
— ooysterr (@ooysterr) December 6, 2017
Fire right now on the 405, across the street from the Getty Center this is heartbreaking. Uber driver tells me there’re so many deers in this area pic.twitter.com/jSeed0nFlC
— Juliana Sakae (@jusakae) December 6, 2017
Driving to LAX just as they’re closing the 405 for this roaring hillside fire near the Getty exit. Car windows are hot. Stay safe, LA. pic.twitter.com/gclO6A6WB9
— Rebecca Keegan (@ThatRebecca) December 6, 2017
Fire burning off 405 freeway near Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. Source: Shannon Wilson pic.twitter.com/3BG4DqlLx4
— Jeff Nguyen (@jeffnguyen) December 6, 2017
— Bethany Ellis (@bethanyel) December 6, 2017
— Sara Sidner (@sarasidnerCNN) December 6, 2017
The blaze appeared to be burning across from the Getty Center museum, one of L.A.’s cultural landmarks and home to a priceless collection of art.
Schools were closed in the area and some local residents were ordered to evacuate.
Southern California is suffering an outbreak of large wildfires, thanks in part to strong Santa Ana winds and dry conditions that are expected to persist through most of the week. Smoke had already spread throughout the west Los Angeles area from wildfires further north by Tuesday morning.
Update: The Los Angeles Times reports that several homes in the wealthy neighborhood of Bel Air were burning.
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