The new fire was situated in the Sepulveda Pass, where the San Diego (I-405) Freeway cuts a path through the mountains to connecting West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.
The 50-acre fire was first reported at about 4:50 a.m. on the east side of the northbound lanes, where there are a number of schools and condominium complexes, across the freeway from Skirball Center Drive.
UPDATE (9:00 am) SB Lanes of 405 from 101 to 10 now open. Residents of Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should also be prepared to evacuate.
A fast moving brush fire erupted in Los Angeles Wednesday morning along the east side of Interstate 405 across from the Getty Center.
The eastbound and westbound entrance to the 405 Freeway from the 10 Freeway is closed as well. The Los Angeles Police Department has ordered the evacuation of homes along Casiano Road, Moraga Drive and Linda Flora Drive.
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The Thomas Fire in Ventura County has scorched 65,000 acres while the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County had scorched 11,377 acres.
The fire is just under five miles away from UCLA, which made a decision to cancel classes for the day. Residents living west of the 405 should brace for evacuations, too, should flames jump the freeway, officials say.
A smaller fire popped up Tuesday afternoon in Porter Ranch but was knocked down without threatening structures or prompting evacuations.
The Getty Center was already set to be closed Wednesday due to the other wild fires burning in Southern California.
UCLA issued a statement telling staff, faculty, and students not to attempt to come to campus until the situation is resolved.