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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:
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.
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