The new fire ignited nearby the 405 Freeway in the Bel Air neighborhood, forcing the authorities to close the northbound lanes of the interstate, one of the major links between the bulk of the town and the San Fernando Valley. With Santa Ana winds whipping from the east, the blaze posed a threat of jumping across the highway, where it could threaten the Getty Middle museum and the Brentwood neighborhood.
To the north, in Ventura County, a fire that broke from Monday and grew to 50,000 acres on Tuesday continued to burn unabated, and had destroyed at least 150 structures, state officials said – and possibly a lot more. Evacuation orders covering thousands of people were in place for parts of the town of Ventura, and Gov. Jerry Brown declared circumstances of emergency.
Elements of the 101 Freeway, along with many smaller roads, were closed to visitors.
California has seen some of its most destructive fires ever this season. In October, even as greater than a dozen fires broke out in the northern section of the state, another one quickly grew in the Anaheim Hills, burning up through a large number of acres. The fires possess collectively killed more than 40 people and destroyed a large number of homes and businesses.