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LA commuters drove by fiery slopes in the midst of the Calif. wildfire

Smoke from the Skirball Fire rises above the 405 Freeway on Wednesday.
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Smoke from the Skirball Fire rises above the 405 Freeway on Wednesday.

Many Los Angeles commuters had a scary drive to work Wednesday as wildfires continued to spread across the region and were visible from the highway.

On Interstate 405, or the 405 Freeway, many drivers recorded the scene from their commutes, which included tall blazes and smoke blowing toward the highway with the ground surrounding the fire illuminated in orange.

Before dawn on Wednesday, a section of the highway was closed after flames exploded on the slopes and destroyed four Bel-Air homes.

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At about 8 p.m. in California, the destructive wildfire had grown to 140 square miles, and the winds that have roared the fire on are expected to return overnight.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.