The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) has been working diligently in conjunction with the LAPD, CHP, DOT and METRO, as well as other City agencies in preparation for the July 16 through July 17 weekend I-405 closure. Because the I-405 freeway is one of the busiest in the Nation, with more than 500,000 cars travelling through the Sepulveda Pass on a daily basis,
we are asking everyone who does not need to be in the local area of the closure of the I-405 between the U.S. 101 and the I-10, to please stay away from the area, plan ahead, or just stay home and enjoy their own local community.
In order to continue to provide a high level of service efficiently and effectively, the LAFD will be augmenting its normal daily staffing levels of firefighters and paramedics by an additional 200 members. This will enable the LAFD to continue to respond in a timely manner to all 911 calls within and around the affected area during the I-405 closure. Also, there will be an additional 15 fire engines and 6 ambulances that will be staged at Fire Stations 109, 99 and 59. Throughout the affected weekend, there will also be brush patrol units continuously patrolling the hillside areas within the vicinity of the closure.
Neighborhood support has also been offered by the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center, which have made both sites available for staging and operational areas as needed by the LAFD.
In addition, evacuation routes have been identified around the affected area in the event of a major emergency.
Once again, the LAFD would like to remind everyone to please evaluate your necessary travel needs over this weekend and please stay out of the affected area if at all possible.