Hundreds of firefighters battle dynamic brush fire in Southern California

Hundreds of firefighters battle dynamic brush fire in Southern California

Fire officials say 700 homes have been evacuated, along with an apartment building. The fire broke out near the 405 Freeway and Mulholland Drive just before 5 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. Crews were working against 25 miles per hour winds, though authorities said the fire was traveling uphill and was driven by the landscape and not the wind.

UPDATE (9:50 am) Up to 150 acres and 0% contained. The fire affected a number of schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, prompting the closures of 14 campuses in the fire area today. A massive wildfire, named the Skirball fire, has overtaken some of the area near the roadway and has threatened residents nearby.

Hundreds of firefighters battle dynamic brush fire in Southern California

While the blaze in Sylmar began spreading rapidly, the 31,000-acre Thomas Fire scorched Ventura County, forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee from their homes.

Schools were closed in the area and some local residents were ordered to evacuate. All North Bound lanes of the 405 are closed in the area. The Santa Anas are strong, dry winds that high-pressure systems push from east to west, from the mountains and desert areas down into the Los Angeles area.

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Citywide, about 600 officers were assigned to coordinate security and various "firefighting events, " Beck said.

About 500 firefighters were sent to battle the Skirball Fire, including 350 from the LAFD. Three helicopters, 90 engines and two bulldozers were also deployed, according to the Forest Service. Six fixed-wing aircraft were requested from Cal Fire.

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