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#405Fire Across 405 From Getty Center Closes 405 Freeway North of the 10

Evacuations in Bel Air on both sides of the 405 Freeway Due to Fire

 

December 6, 2017

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"Huge fire around the Getty Center. Crazy" said Craig Straz of this photo he posted to Twitter

Update: As of 2 PM Wednesday, two lanes only are closed in the northbound direction between Getty center and Mulholland Drive. The Southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway are now open through the Sepulveda pass, but the Northbound lanes are closed. There is now a mandatory evacuation zone for residents on either side of the 405 freeway, map is below.

A fire east of the 405 freeway near the Getty Center has closed the 405 freeway in both directions north of the 10 freeway, says the LA Times. Police were diverting traffic away from the on ramps. 2 million people in the San Fernando valley cannot get to the Westside, except through crowded diversions such as Topanga Canyon Blvd.

mandatory evacuation zone for residents on either side of the 405 freeway

Interstate 405 (I-405) is a major north–south Interstate Highway in Southern California. It is a bypass auxiliary route of Interstate 5, running along the southern and western parts of the Greater Los Angeles Area from Irvine in the south to near San Fernando in the north. The entire route is known as the northern segment of the San Diego Freeway.

I-405 is a heavily traveled thoroughfare by both commuters and by freight haulers along its entire length and is the busiest and most congested freeway in the United States. The freeway's annual average daily traffic between exits 21 and 22 in Seal Beach reached 374,000 in 2008, making it the highest count in the nation. It has played a crucial role in the development of dozens of cities and suburbs along its route through Los Angeles and Orange counties

 

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