Los Angeles gets only 15 inches of rainfall each year, leading to dry, brittle conditions that are prime for devastating and fast-moving wildfires.
On Wednesday morning, a brushfire ignited near the Skirball Cultural Center east of the 405 freeway and quickly expanded to destroy 475 acres and six structures which in turn displaced thousands of residents in Bel-Air and surrounding areas. Mayor Garcetti has called for a local state of emergency as LAFD battles to contain the fire amidst increasing Santa Ana winds.
This fire comes directly on the heels of the Creek Fire in Sylmar and the Rye Fire in Santa Clarita, which have collectively decimated nearly 20,000 acres and displaced over 150,000 individuals.
The victims of these fires need your help NOW and United Way of Greater Los Angeles has set up a Southern California Wildfire Fund to assist. To donate, please visit this link: https://unitedwayla.nationbuilder.com/socal_wildfire_fund
Evacuation procedures are in effect for residents of Sylmar and parts of Los Angeles. The LAFD has compiled these comprehensive maps of the evacuation zones for each area:
Residents of surrounding areas should remain vigilant. For up-to-date alerts, please sign up for NotifyLA, which is the City of Los Angeles' official mass notification system used to send voice messages, text messages and email messages to residents and businesses during times of emergencies and disasters.