Fires burning in canyons above Bel-Air and Beverly Hills*

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Firefighters were dropping water on a fire just now that began beside Sepulveda Boulevard on the east rim of Sepulveda Pass when smoke was spotted rising a few miles away at Muholland Drive and Coldwater Canyon Avenue. A third blaze near Mulholland apparently got started due to a power transformer blowing.

Watching Fox 11's live coverage, a sky crane sucking water out of the Stone Canyon reservoir has been dropping water on the Sepulveda Pass flames. Ground crews have also arrived. It appears that the first Mulholland fire has been controlled by the LAFD, but Mulholland is closed. That fire began right next to the street, so let's hope there's nobody out there lighting things. Temperatures are in the high 90s on the city side and low 100s on the Valley side.

Sepulveda Boulevard is also closed on the Bel-Air side of the pass, Fox 11 says.


4:44 p.m.: Getty Center not at risk (flames are on the other side of Sepulveda Canyon) but the museum has offered to close early and send people home. A Sigalert was called for both directions of the 405 freeway, Fox 11 says.

5:05 p.m.: Things are calming down, at least for now.

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