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Dozens of expensive hilltop homes were threatened early Wednesday and the San Diego (405) Freeway was shut down as a fast-moving brush fire roared on the other side of the freeway from the Getty Center in the Sepulveda Pass.

By 6:20 a.m. local time, the fast-moving brush fire, fueled by 25 miles per hour winds, was burning about 50 acres in western Los Angeles, prompting residents of several posh neighborhoods to evacuate their homes, according to the Los Angeles Times. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency as 27,000 people were evacuated from their homes, the Los Angeles Times reported.

North winds of 8 to 14 miles per hour and a relative humidity in the low 20's caused the fire to spread rapidly to the south. Firefighters were battling on the scene, being supported by water-dropping helicopters. Residents living west of the 405 should brace for evacuations, too, should flames jump the freeway, officials say. Roads affected include Casiano Road, Moraga Drive and Linda Flora Drive.

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Misraje, who lives in the hills herself off Mulholland Drive, was staying put and telling her members and any clients to listen to authorities, stay in their homes if their area was not being evacuated to keep the roads free, and to stay inside to avoid the contaminated air.

The wildfire has reportedly reached about 50 acres in size and is still growing, fueled by 25-mph winds.

The second major fire began Tuesday morning in Los Angeles County and quickly enveloped more than 4,000 acres. At least 30 structures were destroyed in the blaze, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. Gov. The ongoing Creek Fire in the Sylmar area has scorched more than 11,000 acres. Footage shot from inside a vehicle on the 405 showed the fire rolling down a hillside, as if hell itself had appeared in Southern California. The California Highway Patrol said the freeway has reopened, but some off-ramps remains closed.

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