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Here's how to get through the gridlock on the 405 in Bel-Air

The closure of one of California’s busiest freeways has caused a ripple effect for the morning commute.

Here’s what you need to know:

TRAFFIC

The 405 is completely closed and nearby traffic is jammed.

— The 405 is closed during the heavy morning rush hour between the 10 and 101 freeways.

— All transition roads at the 405/10 and 405/101 interchanges also are closed.

— The California Highway Patrol is helping cars trapped on the closed portions of the freeway to exit safely.

— Some canyon roads in Bel-Air remain open but are jammed with residents trying to evacuate and firetrucks headed to the Skirball fire.

— Officials urge commuters to avoid the area.

— Coldwater Canyon Drive, Beverly Glen Boulevard and Laurel Canyon Boulevard remain open.

— The 101 Freeway, another key route between the San Fernando Valley and the rest of the city, remains open but is jammed.

EVACUATIONS

A large swath of Bel-Air is under evacuation orders.

— Moraga Drive

— Linda Flora Drive

— Casiano Road to Bellagio Road

— Areas east of the 405, Mulholland Drive to the north, Sunset Boulevard to the south and Roscomare Road to the east.

Sources: Los Angeles Fire Department; Caltrans; LADOT

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