Fire rages near Bel-Air, Getty museum in Los Angeles
Los Angeles (CNN)Interstate 405 near Los Angeles’ posh Bel-Air area reopened Wednesday afternoon after a brush fire prompted evacuations. It was one in a series of blazes that have scorched more than 83,000 acres, burned scores of buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to flee over three days.
Police shut down 9 miles of I-405 — one of the nation’s busiest freeways — in both directions for much of the day after flames swept down the foothills toward the highway, near Sepulveda Pass and the Getty Center arts complex, as stunned motorists drove by before dawn.
UCLA, a few miles south of the fire, said it believed its campus was safe but canceled afternoon and evening classes, citing difficult traffic conditions. It also canceled its men’s basketball home gave against Montana.
“It was dark until I saw a gigantic ball of orange,” I-405 motorist Tiffany Lynette Anderson wrote on Instagram, where she posted a picture of fire raging beside the highway before it was closed. “On absolute fire. I’m grateful to be safe — truly grateful.”