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Multiple fires are raging in Southern California. A series of Santa Ana wind-driven wildfires have destroyed hundreds of structures, forced thousands to flee and smothered the region with smoke in what officials predicted would be a pitched battle for days.

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Dramatic videos show a terrifying morning commute on the 405 as Bel-Air fire grows

Los Angeles commuters faced a terrifying morning commute on the 405 Freeway as a wildfire swept through Bel-Air on Wednesday morning.

The 405 was completely shut down between the 10 and the 101 freeways. Caltrans also closed all 405 onramps. 

The Skirball fire is around 50 acres and growing. It is fueled by 25 mph winds, according to officials. The closure of the 405 has caused massive gridlock along one of the city’s most congested areas. 

Multiple homes are already burning as officials issue mandatory evacuations in an area filled with multimillion-dollar homes. 

Officials said that more than 125 firefighters were on the scene and that water-dropping helicopters were being used.

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