Interactive Maps: Fire perimeters, evacuations in Southern California

Flames from a wildfire work their way down a slope behind a home in the Bel Air district of Los Angeles Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)

VENTURA (KRON) — Thousands of people are fleeing their homes as several fires burn across Southern Californa.

A dangerous new wildfire erupted in the tony Bel Air area of Los Angeles early Wednesday as firefighters battled three other destructive blazes.

Flames exploded before dawn on the steep slopes of the east side of Sepulveda Pass, which carries heavily traveled Interstate 405 through the Santa Monica Mountains where ridge tops are covered with expensive homes. At least two could be seen burning.

Hundreds of firefighters battled flames on the ground as aircraft dropped water and retardant near neighborhoods on the east side of the pass. Commuter traffic snarled in the pass and beyond.

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