Hundreds of USA firefighters were battling to save homes Tuesday as a dynamic brush fire driven by strong winds exploded to at least 4,000 acres in hours in Southern California.
A 1,000-acre fire blazed through the Angeles National Forest Tuesday, Dec.5, trapping several people in Sylmar, and forcing mandatory evacuations, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
About 500 firefighters were sent to battle the Skirball Fire, including 350 from the LAFD.
The wildfire has reportedly reached about 50 acres in size and is still growing, fueled by 25-mph winds.
Los Angeles County firefighters from station 28 attack a fire that broke out Wednesday morning at the Wildlife Waystation at the Creek fire which has burned more than 11,000 acres and destroyed at least 30 structures.
On Tuesday, two unsafe fires swept through southern California, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate.
The multiple wildfires in Southern California were spreading so fast in part due to what officials called the strongest Santa Ana winds of the season. Helicopters on sight. Evacuation centers set up at rec centers.
The new blaze shut down the 405 Freeway between the 101 and 10 freeways. The closure led to massive congestion on many streets in the San Fernando Valley and in West Los Angeles. The California Highway Patrol said the freeway has reopened, but some off-ramps remains closed.