Tech Insane video shows the Los Angeles fires engulfing hillsides above the 405 freeway where 'the car windows are hot'

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Wildfires have spread across 50,000 acres near Los Angeles. The extent of the fires was captured on video as commuters drove along a freeway on Wednesday.

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  • Wildfires in Ventura County, California, have spread across 60,000 acres around Los Angeles.
  • The extent of the fires was captured on video as commuters drove along a freeway on Wednesday.
  • Thousands of people have fled their homes since the fires broke out on Monday.


A Vanity Fair correspondent captured the scene of the Los Angeles wildfires on video while driving on a freeway Wednesday morning. The video shows the surrounding hillsides engulfed by a raging wildfire.

Wildfires broke out near Santa Paula, California, on Monday and prompted evacuation orders for 200,000 people to flee their homes. The fires have already damaged hundreds of buildings and properties.

"Driving to LAX just as they're closing the 405 for this roaring hillside fire near the Getty exit," Rebecca Keegan, the Vanity Fair correspondent tweeted Wednesday. "Car windows are hot. Stay safe, LA."

The strong Santa Ana winds — reaching near hurricane force — have helped the fire spread across over 60,000 acres, mostly in Ventura County, which is about 70 miles outside of LA.

"The fire growth is just absolutely exponential," Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen told the Associated Press. "All that firefighters can do when we have winds like this is get out ahead, evacuate people, and protect structures."