Brush Fire Erupts Along 405 Freeway In Sepulveda Pass

Brush Fire Erupts Along 405 Freeway In Sepulveda Pass

What is the Skirball fire?

As a raging conflagration now called the Skirball Fire engulfed the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, December 6, the nearby Getty Center and its fabled J. Paul Getty Museum appeared to be safe for the time being.

UPDATE (9:50 am) Up to 150 acres and 0% contained.

It was initially reported at six acres but quickly grew to 50 acres as crews worked against 25 miles per hour winds. The fire affected a number of schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, prompting the closures of 14 campuses in the fire area today.

A horse is evacuated along Osborne street at the Creek fire Tuesday morning. Evacuations were initially ordered in the area north of the Foothill Freeway from Glenoaks Boulevard on the west to the border with La Crescenta on the east.

The SigAlert was expanded at 6:45 a.m., shutting down the freeway in both directions from the 10 Freeway to the 101 Freeway, the CHP stated. Footage shot from inside a vehicle on the 405 showed the fire rolling down a hillside, as if hell itself had appeared in Southern California.

No injuries or structural damage is reported, although some homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood and the Getty Center are threatened. "The flames have never come so close".

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Wildfires in the eastern San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley have charred thousand of acres and closed major freeways.

The Getty Center said on Twitter that its galleries are protected from the smoke by an air filtration system.

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"This has only just begun", he said Tuesday.

She said the fire was moving uphill and was "topography driven" and not wind-driven.

In a headline, Life magazine later called the fire "A Tragedy Trimmed in Mink" in a nod to the upscale location of the fire.