VENTURA, California. – The Latest on forest fires in Southern California (all times are local):
A brush fire has broken out in the east of Los Angeles along Interstate 405 in Sepulveda Pass.
Fire department spokesman Margaret Stewart says the fire was reported at 4:52 pm, Wednesday and is burning uphill, driven by the topography of the place of wind.
Stewart said 47 firefighters are on the scene, the setting of the protection for the houses on the top of the steep slopes. Two fire-fighting helicopters are assigned.
Sepulveda Pass carries heavily traveled Interstate 405 through the Santa Monica Mountains between the western areas of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley in the north.
The same vicious wind that three Southern California fires as destructive also make the battle itself more difficult.
The water-dropping planes and helicopters essential to fighting of large fires are usually well-founded because it’s too dangerous to fly in the strong gusts of wind.
Commanders hoped to have them back in the air on Wednesday morning, but all indications are that the wind will be whipping.
The burning brought evacuation orders for nearly 200,000 people, destroyed nearly 200 homes and have remained largely out of the control.
The largest and most destructive of the brands, 85 square meters of wildfire in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, had almost reached the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday evening after the start of 30 km inland from the coast a day earlier.