The fire was first reported around 5 a.m. local time Wednesday east of the 405 and north of Sunset Boulevard.
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According to LAPD: Residents by Casiano Rd, Moraga, & Linda Flora in West Los Angeles being evacuated/are evacuated for the 405 brush fire. Those who've evacuated will not be allowed to return home, police said.
After the fire began, the northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway were closed at Bel Air Crest Road all the way back to Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles. Fixed-wing aircraft are unable to fly and gusts of up to 45 miles per hour are being felt, LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas said.
"A couple of families from my daughter's school live in that road", he said.
Sotheby's International Realty agent Jeremiah Eden, based in Brentwood (located five miles west of Bel-Air), expressed grave concerns about a lovely Gerard Colcord $5 million home he is selling at 1160 Casiano Road with agent Kaitlyn Benson, who has a personal connection with the property: it is her childhood home. Heavy, gray smoke from the fires was visible across Los Angeles.
Described as a "fast moving, 6-acre wildfire" by the Times, the fire has prompted evacuations in the gated community of Bel-Air with several homes now burning.
"[Conditions are] not going to get any better anytime soon, and the fire is out of control", Buschow said.
"This fire is very risky and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"This is a very critical situation", she said.
The fire was burning in the same general area as the devastating Bel Air Fire of 1961.
If the fire crosses the 405 freeway, it will hit one of the highest priced residential areas of Brentwood, she added.
Large-animal evacuation centers at Pierce College, the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and Hansen Dam Recreation Area quickly reached capacity. There were no immediate reports of injuries, but flames were threatening the famed Getty Center and adjacent buildings on its sprawling hillside campus.