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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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Bel-Air fire

Fast-moving wildfire closes 405 Freeway, triggers evacuations in Bel-Air

A fire rages near the Getty in Bel-Air. (KTLA)
A fire rages near the Getty in Bel-Air. (KTLA)

Firefighters are battling a 50-acre wildfire near the 405 Freeway and Mulholland Drive in Bel-Air, prompting a full closure of the 405 Freeway and mandatory evacuations, authorities said.

The Los Angeles Police Department ordered the evacuation of homes along Casiano Road, Moraga Drive and Linda Flora Drive. Residents of Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should be prepared for evacuation, the department said.

The fire has also caused massive traffic congestion along the route of the 405. Caltrans announced it had closed all onramps onto the 405 north of the 10 Freeway.

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