Four wildfires raged in the Los Angeles metropolitan area Wednesday as thousands of residents evacuated homes and freeway shutdowns rippled across the region.
Major interstate 405 was closed in both directions, the California Highway Patrol said, due to a 50-acre brush fire that threatened the Getty Center near Bel-Air.
Multiple drivers stuck in traffic tweeted videos of the fire burning above the 405.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed the closure of the 405, saying there is a mandatory evacuation for the area. He also said that 350 firefighters are on scene to fight what is being called the Skirball Fire.
Multiple aircraft helped fight the Skirball Fire, the mayor said, while winds are died down. At least four homes have been destroyed in that blaze. Fire officials said they expect winds to shift later in the day. LA County Fire pilot Michael Dubron tweeted video of the Skirball Fire, saying "continued extreme fire conditions."