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Fire Breaks Out Along 57 Freeway In Diamond Bar


THIS IS CHANGING. LET’S GO BACK TO THAT LIVE SHOT FROM SKY2, SKY9 WE WERE SHOWING YOU EARLIER. THIS IS THE FIRE I WAS TALKING ABOUT. THE PRAYER FIRE BURNING IN DIAMOND BORDERLINE BAR, THIS IS BREAKING ROAD 57 FREEWAY AND AS YOU CAN SEE, THE FIRE HAS JUMPED ACROSS THE FREEWAY CHP HAS CLOSED OFF NORTHBOUND 57 AS THE FIRE CONTINUES TO BURN. IT APPEARS TO BE PRETTY SMALL, ONLY ABOUT 2 ACRES, L.A. COUNTY FIRE TREATED THIS OUT ABOUT TEN MINUTES AGO, WARNING PEOPLE ABOUT THE AREA. IF YOU HAVE TO GO, UNDERSTAND THE FIRE IS BURNING ON THE NORTHBOUND 57. YOU CAN SEE IT BURNING UP TO THE FREEWAY. THEY ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. HUGE FLAMES BURNING ALONG THE 57 FREEWAY AND THE NORTHBOUND 57 IS CLOSED. SOUTHBOUND IS STILL OPEN. IT HAS TO BE A SCARY SIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE DRIVING THROUGH THE AREA. I’D BE SURPRISED IF THEY DON’T GET A HANDLE ON THIS QUICKLY, BUT THEY DON’T CLOSE BOTH SIDES. BUT RIGHT NOW, SOUTHBOUND 57 IS STILL OPEN AT BREA CANYON ROAD. THE BIG CONCERN IS THAT THE FIRE WILL JUMP THE FREEWAY. WE’VE SEEN IT BEFORE. THEY POP UP FAST ALONG FREEWAYS, IT’S VERY EASY FOR PEOPLE TO GET TRAPPED ON THE FREEWAY’S AND CAN CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION. A NEW FIRE THAT POPPED UP, A BRUSH FIRE IN DIAMOND BORDERLINE BAR, RIGHT THERE ALONG THE D7 FREEWAY. FIRE CREWS ARE THERE ON THE GROUND AND THEY WILL WATER ON THIS BUT THEY HAVE A TOUGH FIREFIGHT. LOOK TO THE RIGHT SIDE, THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT IF THE FIRE JUMPS THE FREEWAY, IT DRY OUT THERE. YOU SEE FIT DRY BRUSH. YOU CAN SEE HOW DARK THE SMOKE IS, THERE IS SO MUCH TO BURN. BY LOOKING AT THE CREWS BATTLING THE FIRE RIGHT NOW, IT’S AMAZING HOW QUICKLY THEY ARE ABLE TO PUT THE FLAMES OUT. JUST A COUPLE OF MINUTES AGO, IT WAS BURNING A LOT QUICKER. THEY’RE GOING RIGHT TO LEFT, TRYING TO GET THAT FIRE QUICK AS POSSIBLE. THEY ARE REQUESTING CHP TO SHUT DOWN THE NORTHBOUND 57. IT APPEARS THERE’S STILL TRAFFIC GOING IN THE AREA. YOU CAN IMAGINE YOU ARE DRIVING AND YOU SEE THIS CUTE FIRE, FRIGHTENING TO SEE. EYES ON THE ROAD, IT’S DISTRACTING. WE SAW A SIMILAR SITUATION, PEOPLE TRYING TO GET THROUGH THICK SMOKE, THERE WERE ALMOST SEVERAL ACCIDENTS BECAUSE IT WAS CONFUSING AND SCARY. THE ONE CLICK THINK WE CAN OBSERVE, THERE IS ACCESS TO IT. THE FIRE CREWS CAN GET RIGHT UP THERE AGAINST THE FLAMES AND PUT WATER ON IT. NOW IT LOOKS LIKE THE FIRE IS STARTING TO SPOT, WE SEE OTHER AREAS AND FIRE CREWS THERE, THEY HAVE HOSES AND WATER ON THE FIRE BUT THEY ARE DEALING WITH TOUGH CONDITIONS WITH WINDS PICKING UP EMBERS AND CARRYING THEM TO OTHER AREAS. WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR SEVERAL DAYS, EXTREME RED FLAG WARNINGS. STRONG WINDS FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. THEY ARE EXPECTED TO LAST UNTIL TOMORROW. THIS MORNING, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IN SIMI VALLEY, BECAUSE UP TO 65 MILES AN HOUR, WHICH IS HUGE. HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS. IT’S DURING THE FIRES INTO A WIND DRIVEN MORE SELF THAN USUAL. THIS IS A CASE WE ARE SEEING UP AND DOWN SOCAL AS WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT ALL MORNING, THE FIRES FROM RIVERSIDE COUNTY TO HERE IN THE LOS ANGELES METRO AREA. HIS CURRENT ONE THAT POPPED UP, DIAMOND BAR, CREWS FIGHTING FOR US AS WELL. CREWS ARE PREPARED, THEY KNEW ABOUT THE WIND EVENT THAT WAS COMING BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THERE’S STILL A LOT OF WORK. THERE’S POTENTIALLY ANOTHER 24 HOURS OF STRONG WINDS. YOU COULD HEAR FROM FIRE DEPARTMENT, THEY WERE REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE CONDITIONS IN EVERYONE HERE IS UP AGAINST. THEY TALKED ABOUT READY, SET, GO. IF YOU ARE IN AN AREA THAT HAS WIDE OPEN SPACES, YOU ARE IN THE FOOTHILLS OR THERE’S AN AREA WHERE TRADITIONALLY THOUSAND FIRE, THEY WANT YOU TO BE PREPARED EVEN IF THERE’S NOT A FIRE RIGHT NOW. PACK UP YOUR ESSENTIALS, MEDICATION, GET PET CARRIERS READY. HAVE A PLAN FOR EVACUATION. EVEN IF YOU ARE AWAY FROM HOME AND CAN’T GET HOME FOR SEVERAL DAYS. HAVE A MEETING POINT FOR FAMILY MEMBERS. THEY ARE SAYING IF YOU ARE UNDER AN IMMEDIATE EVACUATION ORDER, KEEP YOUR WINDOWS AND DOORS CLOSED. IF YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE, YOUR PILING THINGS INTO THE CAR AND GETTING READY TO LEAVE, KEEP THE FRONT DOOR CLOSED. THE EMBERS ARE FLYING THROUGH THE AIR AND YOU DON’T WANT TO GIVE THE FIRE A CHANCE TO GET INSIDE YOUR HOME. GREAT ADVICE. CALTRANS IS CLOSING NORTHBOUND

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