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

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

There have been mandatory evacuations in some parts of LA - Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive, and Casiano Road down to Bellagio Road.

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.

The blaze was 0% contained and residents had been evacuated from an area covering more than 20 square miles.

The area is in the vicinity of the devastating 1961 "Bel Air fire" that destroyed about 500 homes. "Thus far, their dedicated efforts have prevented the loss of life", said Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) on its official website. Crews were working against 25 miles per hour winds, though authorities said the fire was traveling uphill and was driven by the landscape and not the wind.

The fires in Southern California have quickly spread, forcing authorities to shut down the 405 freeway near the Getty Center.

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Nearly 200,000 people lost power in Ventura County on Tuesday, making it challenging for the 1,100 firefighters to put out the flames.

UPDATE: (5:50 a.m.) Fire now burning 50 acres.

"This fire is very risky and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so". The mayor declared a local state of emergency in response to the Skirball Fire, as he had done Tuesday in connection with the 11,000-acre Creek Fire near Sylmar and Lake View Terrace.

"This has only just begun", he said Tuesday. Some 100,000 people have evacuated already, and Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said crews would likely be battling the blaze for days. Firefighters worked against high winds, hampering their ability to contain the fires.

A red-flag warning, which is for extreme weather conditions that could cause wildfires, is in effect until 8 p.m. PT Friday.