Padilla said she was woken up at approximately 4 a.m.by the Los Angeles County Fire Department's orders to evacuate immediately.
According to reports, the 50-acre Skirball Fire was first reported at about early Wednesday morning on the east side of the northbound lanes across the freeway from Skirball Center Drive.
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At about 7 a.m. the reported size of the fire was 50 acres, but it may have grown significantly since then.
I-405 is a heavily traveled thoroughfare by both commuters and by freight haulers along its entire length and is the busiest and most congested freeway in the United States.
More than 100,000 residents in the San Fernando Valley remained under evacuation Wednesday as a brush fire that started in the foothills above Sylmar continued to grow.
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More than 220 firefighters are on the scene, with assistance from a water-dropping helicopter from the Los Angeles County Fire Department. As the fire expanded and jumped south of the Foothill Freeway, so did the mandatory evacuation area.
California is once again on fire, with a blazing inferno - called the Skirball Fire - tearing through the Sepulveda Pass of Los Angeles. The fire affected a number of schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, prompting the closures of 14 campuses in the fire area today. The only fire in which there was any containment was the Rye, at 5%.
The freeway was likely to be impacted for the rest of the morning, Stewart said.
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People can participate in indoor sports or other strenuous activity in areas with visible smoke, soot, or ash, provided the indoor location has air conditioning that does not draw air from the outside and has closed windows and doors, Gunzenhauser said.