This is a developing story. Footage shot from inside a vehicle on the 405 showed the fire rolling down a hillside, as if hell itself had appeared in Southern California.
The Creek Fire was reported as a 1,000-acre brush fire at 3:42 a.m. on Tuesday near Gold Creek and Little Tujunga by the Angeles National Forest. People who live in Mandeville and Sullivan canyons should be prepared to leave their homes, authorities said.
The area is in the vicinity of the devastating 1961 "Bel Air fire" that destroyed about 500 homes. No injuries were reported.
It was the very beginning of the notorious commute on the 405 Freeway on Wednesday morning around 4:30 a.m.
The Los Angeles Police Department ordered mandatory evacuations and the California Department of Transportation closed Intereste 405 between Highway 101 and Interstate 10.More news: Willie Taggart Leaving Oregon After One Season for Florida State
Many schools and local businesses in both counties have been closed. Six fixed-wing aircraft and a number of helicopters were deployed to the scene, Garcetti said.
"This fire is very unsafe and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said. There is now a mandatory evacuation zone for residents on either side of the 405 freeway, map is below.
Another fire, dubbed the Creek Fire, raged near Sylmar and Kagel Canyon. Some 100,000 people have evacuated already, and Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said crews would likely be battling the blaze for days. She and her family were given just enough time to gather some necessities but not their horses, Padilla said.
More than 600 firefighters battled the blaze amid strong Santa Ana winds, some gusting at 70 miles per hour.
The weather conditions were impeding efforts to contain and extinguish the out-of-control blaze, as strong, gusty winds fueled the "extreme" fire behavior, according to the inciweb incident information website.