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

About 500 firefighters were sent to battle the Skirball Fire, including 350 from the LAFD. Find out all the vital details about this disaster.

Virginia Padilla, whose family owns a ranch in Sylmar, had the devastating loss of at least 30 horses to the 11,000-acre blaze dubbed the Creek Fire. 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. The Strike team was assigned to the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County. As the fire expanded and jumped south of the Foothill Freeway, so did the mandatory evacuation area.

Residents living south of Mulholland, east of the 405, north of Sunset Boulevard, and west of Roscomare Road were told to leave their homes.

As the fire burns northeast of the Getty Center and east of the 405 (San Diego) Freeway, the museum and other Center facilities are closed to the public.

Yet another wildfire broke out in Southern California this week, this one along the 405 Freeway. The Los Angeles Police Department has ordered the evacuation of homes along Casiano Road, Moraga Drive and Linda Flora Drive.

House with pool on fire
Wildfire shuts San Diego Freeway: Rush-hour nightmare as flames rage

No injuries or structural damage is reported, although some homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood and the Getty Center are threatened. Residents near Bel Terrance and North Sepulveda Boulevard fled the fire, barely escaping with their lives.

Beverly Freeman, 83, pulled out of her driveway ahead of the flames just before 7 a.m. Part of I-405 was shut down as flames quickly spread across the steep slopes of Sepulveda Pass, through the Santa Monica Mountains where ridge tops are covered with expensive homes.

Follow the Skirball Fire on Google.

This map, published by the Daily News, shows where the fire is burning right now-and how close it is to landmarks such as the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center.

She said the fire was moving uphill and was "topography driven" and not wind-driven. Google Maps has provided a map detailing the location of the fire.

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