UPDATE: Sepulveda Pass Fire Still Burning

At least 90 acres reportedly burn on the east side of the 405 Freeway.

UPDATE: Sept. 15, 8:25 a.m.

A brush fire that ignited on the east side of the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass on Friday is about 40 percent contained and has caused no injuries or structure damages, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The blaze rapidly scorched about 90 acres and is expected to be out by Sunday. The fire was reported at 3:36 p.m. Friday, and prompted evacuations in Bel Air and the Getty Center. About 250 firefighters, many of whom reported to work as early as 6:30 a.m., were on the scene to tackle the blaze in 100-degree heat, LAFD Capt. Jamie Moore told ABC7. The cause of the fire is not yet known. The Los Angeles Police Department could not confirm reports of suspected arson.

The Getty Center is open during normal business hours on Saturday but some access roads may be closed during the day to accommodate firefighters, according to Getty Center spokesperson Julie Jaskol.

Two big  were dispatched to extinguish the flames, and made at least five drops after picking up water from the Santa Monica Bay and Stone Canyon Reservoir, according to published reports.

The 405 Freeway remained open, but traffic was jammed late in the afternoon on Friday on the northbound as far south as Washington Boulevard in Culver City and the northbound 405 off-ramp to Getty Center Drive is closed. 

The California Highway Patrol is asking commuters to stay off the 405 and circumvent it by taking the 10 Freeway or the 101. The North and southbound lanes of Sepulveda Boulevard were blocked by fire equipment.

"Stay off the 405 altogether," said CHP spokesman Vince Ramirez.

Smoke from the fire can be seen on the other side of the mountains on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, and as far south as Redondo Beach.

A strike team with crews from Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Culver City Fire Departments were called to a Los Angeles fire station at 3:58 p.m., according to Santa Monica Fire Capt. Judah Mitchell. 

Malibu Patch blogger Fireball Tim Lawrence posted photos of the smoke as seen from Malibu.

Jeannine Chanin Penn left these comments on Brentwood Patch's Facebook page: "I was driving home from Roscomare Road and we were under a large weird cloud and I looked up to see it was smoke - my 10 yr. old son said to me 'that looks really bad... looks like a forest fire!' As we drove it was growing and multiple police and fire vehicles crossed our path... watching now - it's bad but thankfully not impacting any homes."

In November 1961, Santa Ana conditions fanned a blaze across 16,090 acres in the Bel-Air area, destroying 484 homes and damaging 30 more. It injured103 people and caused in excess of $30 million in damages, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society. 

Stay tuned to Patch for more updates. You can upload photos of the smoke by clicking to the right of this image.

Patch editors Meredith Skrzypczak and Kelly Hartog contributed to this story.

George Vreeland Hill September 15, 2012 at 03:50 AM
I smelled the smoke in Beverly Hills. All l heard from people was that driving was a nightmare because of it.
Dan Charney September 15, 2012 at 04:05 AM
I can smell it in Ocean Park near the beach- horrible these fires- good job Patch- Grant- that is horrible- glad I was able to stay in- best of luck with it all to the firefighters and people and critters -
Robert Coutts September 15, 2012 at 08:46 AM
We were on the 101 east bound in Encino as it broke out. The smoke column got higher and wider as we made our way to a concert in Pasadena. As we passed the 405 a second one broke out above Coldwater Canyon. We came home about midnight and the west bound 101 was the slowest I have seen it. In addition to the fire there was construction around White Oak and it was down to two lanes.
Capt. Morgan September 15, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Those brush fires really burn my ass!
David Glass September 15, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Hi Susan, my daughter lives on Stone Canyon, however, being a relatively new arrival into LA and the USA, I have never heard of a fire there. When did this happen? Cheers, David Glass


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