Celebrities React to Los Angeles Wildfires

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A fast moving brush fire erupted in Los Angeles Wednesday morning along the east side of Interstate 405 across from the Getty Center.

Shortly before 7 a.m., the California Highway Patrol closed the entire 405 Freeway between the Ventura (101) Freeway and the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, along with on-ramps and off-ramps and freeway transition roads in the affected area.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered in Kagel Canyon and some other nearby areas. Some area restaurants chose to remain open amid the fire and smoke-filled skies, while others closed shop for the day. The fire is northeast of the Getty Center and east of the San Diego Freeway.

The L.A. Times reports: "The fire was estimated to cover some 50 acres by 6:20 a.m., but Los Angeles fire officials said it was being fueled by 25 miles per hour winds and would likely grow even more". Firefighters were battling on the scene, being supported by water-dropping helicopters.

By 1 p.m. the northbound lanes of the 405 had also been reopened except for two of the slow lanes near the fire scene which are closed because of the staging of firefighting equipment. This is now the fifth fire burning in the region.

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"We expect to be out here all week fighting and containing this fire", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so". The fire burned more than 11,000 acres by Wednesday morning and had destroyed an estimated 30 homes, KTVU-TV reported.

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 worked against high winds, hampering their ability to contain the fires.

"This has only just begun", said Terrazas.

The winds were part of the season's "strongest and longest" Santa Ana event.

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