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Wind-Driven Brush Fire Scorches 31,000 Acres in Santa Paula

Wind-Driven Brush Fire Scorches 31,000 Acres in Santa Paula

Mr. Singh sheds a tear while being evacuated as fire approached his home.

The fire was first reported around 5 a.m.at the northbound 405 at Mulholland Drive.

The devastating blaze destroyed at least 30 homes and prompted mandatory evacuations that affected an estimated 150,000 residents, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The area is in the vicinity of the devastating 1961 "Bel Air fire" that destroyed about 500 homes. It's unclear if the fire is burning the vineyard or the house as well. Officials have also closed the 405 freeway in both directions, as the fire rages in the hills along the Getty Center exit.

A new wildfire broke out overnight in some of Los Angeles' most exclusive neighborhoods on its tony Westside near UCLA and the Getty Center, home to one of the nation's top art museums.

Around 3:00 pm Tuesday, ECCFPD joined Strike team 2040A which included Contra Costa County Fire, Moraga-Orinda Fire, San Ramon Fire, Rodeo Hercules Fire in responding to Creek Incident LA County.

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All the fires were driven by the strongest seasonal Santa Ana winds so far this year.

More than 125 firefighters were on the scene and that water-dropping helicopters were being used, the newspaper said.

The fire has been growing because of dry and windy conditions, which have spread hot embers across the area.

It was reported at six acres but quickly grew to at least 50 acres as crews were working against 25 miles per hour winds. Reporter Christina Salvo says the smoke is so thick on Casiano Drive that "we couldn't see the flames. we were seeing firefighters on peoples' balconies with firehoses trying to drench the vegetation below".

"Calls are being rerouted so you will get help!" the station tweeted.

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