Brush Fire Burning Off the 405 Freeway in Sepulveda Pass [UPDATED]
As if another weekend of partial closures on the 405 Freeway wasn't enough, to get things a little crazier ahead of the Friday commute there's a small brush fire of at least two acres burning on the east side of the freeway at Sepulveda Boulevard and Getty Center Drive.
The Los Angeles Fire Department is on scene working to take down the blaze.
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5:44 PM: The LAFD says that so far an estimated 40 acres have burned, but are unable to offer a specific update on containment. No structures damaged and no injuries reported so far.
"The Department of Water and Power reports NO power outages in the fire area," reports City News Service.
Two Super Scooper aircraft have been involved in the fire fight from the air.
4:30 PM: There are two other small fires burning off Mulholland Drive. ABC7 reports that the Los Angeles Police Department suspect that arson might be the cause of at least one of the fires.
4:25 PM: Sepulveda Blvd closed in both directions at Getty Center Drive. The Getty Center off-ramp from the 405 NB is also closed.
The LAFD is working with other fire agencies to fight the fire, which is burning uphill towards the Bel Air Estates area.
ABC7 estimates the fire is at least 20 acres now.
4:19 PM: The California Highway Patrol reports that no freeway lanes have been closed, but closures could occur depending on the thickness of smoke in the area, according to City News Service.
4:11 PM: Winds have pushed the flames and some spot fires have cropped up. LAFD Capt. Jaime Moore told KCAL-9 live on air that the LAFD is making an aggressive attack on the fire, though it has grown to about 3-4 acres. Two populated areas, the Mountain Gate community and the Getty Center, are at risk, however Moore says there currently are no mandatory evacuations, though the Getty is implementing a voluntary evacuation. Moore adds that prior brush clearing efforts on the hillsides are helping the LAFD keep the fire under control.