Commuters share terrifying videos of raging wildfire along LA freeway

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In October, more than a dozen fires blazed through the northern part of the state, burning thousands of acres along the way.

- A fast-moving brush fire raced across 150 acres in the Sepulveda Pass Wednesday, destroying at least four homes, prompting a rush-hour closure of the San Diego (405) Freeway and forcing mandatory evacuations.

A number of wildfires were burning in the Los Angeles County area, but the Sylmar "Creek Fire" was the biggest.

The mayor urged residents to heed orders to evacuate - saying, "Do not wait".

An estimated 800 firefighters were on the lines battling the blaze, which was being pushed by sustained winds of 25 miles per hour, along with gusts up to 45 miles per hour.

The 210 Freeway has been shut down from Sunland Boulevard on the east to the 5 Freeway on the west, and the 118 Freeway interchange with the 210 is also closed amid the firefight. And by about 7 a.m., mandatory evacuations had been ordered in Little Tujunga Canyon, Kagel Canyon, and Lopez Canyon, according to the sheriff's department.

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There were no other immediate reports of injuries.

Firefighters were said to be hiking up the hill from the Getty Center exit, with flames raging near the renowned art museum, next to the northbound 405 freeway, to survey the extent of the fires, which are reportedly zero percent contained.

Two evacuation centers were opened: Sylmar Recreation Center at 13109 Borden Ave.in Sylmar, and Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick St.in Sunland.

- for small animals, West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St.; East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.; and Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd, Sunland/Tujunga.

The crews were assigned to structure protection for both residential and business structures and could be in Los Angeles County for up to 14-days before returning home. Firefighters were battling on the scene, being supported by water-dropping helicopters.

The blaze comes amid a red flag warning - due to low humidity and fierce Santa Ana winds - that is expected to last through much of the week. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so", Brown said.

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