UPDATED at 9:03 PM with latest info: Firefighters have the 60-acre fire about 80 percent contained, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department later Thursday, as smoke swirls through the San Fernando Valley and mixes with that of the northern Tick fire to create unhealthy air.
Homeless residents of the fire area have been asked to move, and the on- and off-ramps of Burbank Boulevard remain closed on the 405 Freeway. The southbound 405 is open as of this hour. No reports of structures damaged or injuries have been issued.
Most LAUSD schools in the San Fernando Valley will be closed Friday as a result of the air conditions and fire threat as dangerous Santa Ana winds are expected to strengthen overnight.
UPDATED,5:50 PM: A new brush fire has broken out in the Sepulveda Basin near the intersection of Burbank Boulevard and Woodley Avenue in the San Fernando Valley. The flames are just north of the 101 Freeway and west of 405 and moving toward the southwest, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
As of 5:50 PM, no structures had been burned or are immediately threatened in the latest fire, which had burned about 10 acres, and no evacuations have been ordered. More than 125 LA firefighters were battling the flames from the ground and the air. LAFD said residents of Sherman Oaks and Encino are urged to gather essential documents and food/water and position their vehicles for swift exit, “should the need arise.”
No houses were threatened immediately and no evacuations had been ordered in the latest fire, which was reported at about 4:10 p.m. But firefighters said there are multiple homeless camps in the area.
Within an hour of breaking out, the fire had burned about 2 acres and had not been named. FilmLA reports that no productions have been affected by any of the fires thus far today.
Four separate fires have broken out today — in the Sepulveda Basin, Santa Clarita, Castaic and Chiquito Canyon — as the red-flag fire warnings remain in place for large portions of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. The extreme danger is tied to gusting Santa Ana winds, very low humidity and temperatures approaching triple digits.
Winds appeared to be calming down as of late afternoon, however.