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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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Police warn drivers to avoid Skirball fire evacuation area entirely

A helicopter makes a water dump on the Skirball fire burning Wednesday in the Bel-Air neighborhood. (KTLA-TV)
A helicopter makes a water dump on the Skirball fire burning Wednesday in the Bel-Air neighborhood. (KTLA-TV)

Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Josh Rubenstein said drivers seeking alternate routes between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside are getting stuck in traffic on winding, hilly streets in the fire area, which could pose a danger to themselves and to firefighters.

“It’s getting all jammed up in there,” he said. “They’re deep into the evacuation area.”

He urged drivers to stay away from the area bounded by the 405 Freeway, Sunset Boulevard, Mulholland Drive and Roscomare Road, where a mandatory evacuation order has been in place since Wednesday morning.

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