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

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

The Skirball fire - near a cultural center of the same name and captured in apocalyptic images - also prompted authorities to close the 405 Freeway, a major commuting corridor famous for its traffic congestion. "You've got heavy, heavy brush, you've got the dryness - obviously, we haven't had any rain at all".

LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas said red flag conditions are expected to remain in effect through the rest of the week, with gusting Santa Ana winds presenting a continuing danger of rapidly spreading blazes.

A unsafe new wildfire erupted in the tony Bel Air area of Los Angeles early Wednesday.

Over 1,000 firefighters are struggling to contain the flames that have already destroyed some 80,000 acres in just over a day since the fire broke out and killed at least one person in an area near downtown LA.


The Getty Center, which has an air filtration system to protect its galleries, is closed Wednesday due to smoke from all the area wildfires. A black sky surrounded by fire and ash covered the region as firefighters worked tirelessly at the scene.

More than 50,000 Ventura County residents were evacuated from 15,000 homes in the first 24 hours of the conflagration.

Misraje, who lives in the hills herself off Mulholland Drive, was staying put and telling her members and any clients to listen to authorities, stay in their homes if their area was not being evacuated to keep the roads free, and to stay inside to avoid the contaminated air.

All of L.A.is being affected by the fires, said Eden, who lives in Malibu. The 405 Freeway in Bentwood has been closed as crews try to tend to the blaze.

UCLA canceled classes Thursday, and Santa Monica College and all schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district were closed.

Emails have been sent to both Riviera and Bel-Air clubs. Neither is Bel-Air CC, though CBS Los Angeles said the course closed Wednesday "out of an abundance of caution".

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