A series of furious fires have been ravaging Southern California for the last couple of days, destroying so far almost 200 structures.
One of the busiest freeways in Los Angeles was greeted today with a hellish sight. An incessant rain of ash and cinder poured down over Interstate 405 in the Bel Air area which forced authorities to evacuate and shut the road down early this morning.
Aussie readers can see some horrific aerial footage of the disaster in the player above
“I could feel the heat on my windows,” told Joy Newcomb to CNN, one of the many drivers treated to the horrific sight.
The fire ignited close to the freeway by the popular Mulholland Drive just before 5am local time, burning about 50 acres in just 25 minutes, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.
For the third day in a row, brutal wildfires are still scorching the extremely dry terrain along the northern and western edges of Los Angeles, more extensively, throughout Ventura County. The strong Santa Ana winds, which are expected to pick up again in the following days are said to be one of the causes of the scale and spread of the flames.
Smoke trails are so monstrous NASA can spot them from space.
Northern Los Angeles, particularly the neighbourhoods of Sylmar and Tujunga are enduring the second largest fires so far. Since Tuesday morning, the flames have destroyed around 11,000 acres and forced about 150,000 people to evacuate.