More than 1000 firefighters battle California inferno

Wildfire rages in Bel Air area of Los Angeles near UCLA nearby golf courses			Twitter

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By 10 p.m., the fire was estimated to have burned 450 acres, about 25 acres less than the figure provided by officials during an afternoon update.

It prompted the 405 Freeway to close in both directions between 101 and 10.

The fire also caused the closing of the Los Angeles Eruv, which uses fences and phone lines affected by the fire to define the public area needed to allow Orthodox Jews to carry items outdoors on Shabbat, according to the Jewish Journal.

This is now the fifth fire burning in the region.

The fire broke out near the 405 Freeway and Mulholland Drive just before 5 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. All evacuations remained in place Thursday, covering a large area bounded by Mulholland Drive to the north, Sunset Boulevard to the south, the 405 to the west and Roscomare Road on the east.

The winds were part of the season's "strongest and longest" Santa Ana event.

HollywoodLifers, if you're in the Los Angeles area, stay safe.


At least 4,000 firefighters from around the state and 74 aircraft, including dozens of helicopters, were battling flames in Los Angeles and Ventura counties Wednesday. Gusts of more than 45 miles per hour in the fire areas were picking up embers from the burning hillsides and structures, sending them wafting downwind where they set additional homes on fire. Officials said the fire has destroyed at least 150 buildings, including an evacuated mental health facility. The 405 Freeway, a major commuting highway, also has been closed.

"We are still in the middle of an aggressive and active firefight on the ground", said Robert Welsbie, spokesman for the Ventura Fire Department.

The Los Angeles Fire Department said it remains on the scene trying to contain the fire.

The University of California, Los Angeles announced that classes would be cancelled on Thursday due to the campus' proximity to the fire.

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District closed all of its schools Wednesday and Thursday.

Few evacuees could be found Wednesday in designated shelters at the Cheviot Hills, Westwood and Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks recreation centers, where Red Cross volunteers had food ready, but no takers.

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