150-Acre Skirball Fire Spurs Evacuations, Freeway Closures In California


As the fire burns northeast of the Getty Center and east of the 405 (San Diego) Freeway, the museum and other Center facilities are closed to the public. As of 7:45 AM PT, mandatory evacuations were in place for the entire area within the following: south of Mulholland Drive, east of the 405 Freeway, north of Sunset Boulevard and west of Roscomare Road.

"But Cal Fire suspects the true number is hundreds more; firefighters just haven't been able to get into areas to know for sure". At least four houses were destroyed near Moraga Drive and Casiano Road, Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a news conference, adding that the fire was 0 percent contained. At least 225 firefighters were on the scene, with the LAFD getting additional helicopter help from the Los Angeles County Fire department.

If the fire crosses the 405 freeway, it will hit one of the highest priced residential areas of Brentwood, she added. Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas told Curbed over 500 homes were lost in that tragic fire. Kim said, "I pray everyone in Los Angeles is safe from these fires and THANK YOU to all of the fire fighters working so hard to keep everyone safe!"

As homes are destroyed or damaged in the area, there will likely be an uptick in lease and rental demand, said Umansky, though the rental vacancy rate in Bel-Air and Brentwood area is very low. This is now the fifth fire burning in the region.

Residents near Bel Terrace and North Sepulveda Boulevard raced outside their homes Wednesday morning as flames neared their homes. Los Angeles Mission College's Main Campus at 13356 Eldridge Ave. and the East Campus at 12890 Harding St., both in Sylmar, were closed for the day, but there was no immediate word if classes would resume today.

Follow the Skirball Fire on Google. The location is near the Skirball Cultural Center and the Getty Center. A lot of the fire is topography-driven, which already becomes risky.

All of L.A.is being affected by the fires, said Eden, who lives in Malibu. Here's hoping that everyone comes out of it okay.