As Fires Spread Across Los Angeles, Museums and Galleries Close

As Fires Spread Across Los Angeles, Museums and Galleries Close

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. "Residents of Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should be prepared for evacuation the department said".

The fire had burned about 50 acres and is quickly spreading, Stewart said.

By 6:20 a.m. local time, the fast-moving brush fire, fueled by 25 miles per hour winds, was burning about 50 acres in western Los Angeles, prompting residents of several posh neighborhoods to evacuate their homes, according to the Los Angeles Times. Earlier in the morning officials ordered evacuations along Casiano Road, Moraga Drive and Linda Flora Drive.

Padilla said she was woken up at approximately 4 a.m.by the Los Angeles County Fire Department's orders to evacuate immediately. In addition to the Bel-Air fire, the Ventura County fire has forced at least 50,000 people to evacuate.


The Skirball Fire is the latest of many which have been raging in the Southern California area. Six fixed-wing aircraft and a number of helicopters were deployed to the scene, Garcetti said.

The strong, desiccating Santa Ana winds have created ideal conditions for wildfires, by compressing hot air in the L.A. basin, and prompting the spread of embers well ahead of any fires that crop up.

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. Firefighting crews set up on the southbound side of the 405 to prevent the fire from jumping the freeway, and northbound vehicles were being turned back. Some area restaurants chose to remain open amid the fire and smoke-filled skies, while others closed shop for the day.

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