California drivers have had anything but a normal commute this week.
Wildfires have ripped through much of Ventura County in Southern California this week, drifting closer to Los Angeles as of Wednesday morning.
Drivers on the 405 freeway shared images of the fire on social media, showing just how much the fires have disrupted their commutes.https://twitter.com/ThatRebecca/status/938395531562250242 https://twitter.com/ABC7/status/938487456940171264
Both sides of the 405 freeway were shut down on Wednesday, according to Business Insider, who called the commuter's photos “terrifying.” The southbound 405 later reopened.
Strong Santa Ana winds, combined with dry and hot weather, have led to a series of fires across the Southern California region, starting in Ventura County on Monday. According to the Associated Press, the Thomas Fire began 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles on Monday night.
Three additional fires broke out on Tuesday, shutting down two major freeways for hours and blowing huge plumes of smoke into the air, the Associated Press reported.
The National Weather Service expects conditions to last throughout the week.
Thousands of residents have been forced to flee their homes already. About 150 buildings, including an evacuated hospital in Ventura, have burned down, CNN reported.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a statement of emergency.
President Donald Trump tweeted for people to follow the advice of emergency officials.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday that people need to evacuate if they see fire coming their way.
"We have lost structures, we have not lost lives," he said. "Do not wait. Leave your homes."