Hundreds of residents have been ordered to evacuate after a wildfire broke out Wednesday in the Los Angeles area. The fire, named the Skirball fire, has been growing since it started at around 5 a.m.
Fire officials say that the fire has grown to at least 150 acres, and strong winds and dry conditions mean that it will likely grow throughout the day as crews try to contain it. There weren’t immediate reports of any injuries or fatalities due to the wildfire.
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Those in the area were ordered by the Los Angeles Fire Department to evacuate. The Los Angeles Times reported that several homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood were seen burning as the fire continues to grow from 50 acres.
The fire started nearby the 405 Freeway in the Los Angeles area, which was temporarily closed as crews tended to the fire. Southbound lanes of the roadway have since been reopened while northbound lanes remain closed.
ABC 7 News reported that about 200 firefighters have been deployed to the scene and have been supported by helicopters which were seen making water drops.
The Skirball Fire is the latest of many which have been raging in the Southern California area. There’s also the Ventura County fire, the Sylmar fire, the Santa Clarita fire and the San Bernardino fire.
The outbreak of wildfires in the Southern California area prompted President Donald Trump to offer his thoughts and prayers to residents in the path of the dangerous fires.
The outbreak of wildfires in Southern California come just a few months after widespread blazes in Northern California led to 17 deaths in eight counties.