Homes burn, evacuations ordered as new brush fire breaks out in west Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — At least four homes burned in a wildfire that erupted in an exclusive ridge-top neighborhood in west Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, the latest to hit fire-plagued Southern California.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said possibly six homes have been destroyed by the wildfire.

The fire broke out just before 5 a.m. on the east side of Interstate 405 in the Sepulveda Pass and raced up steep slopes into neighborhoods at the top.

The fire burned up hillsides on the east side of the pass into expensive neighborhoods that are now under evacuation orders.

Garcetti said the fire is at 150 acres with 0 percent containment.

Some 500 firefighters are battling the fire along with water-dropping helicopters and airplanes laying down streams of fire retardant.

The dangerous Santa Ana winds that have fanned fires across Southern California this week have diminished over the new fire but conditions are very dry, with just 9 percent relative humidity.

It’s the same region of Los Angeles where hundreds of homes burned in the famous 1961 Bel Air Fire.