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

Frederick Owens
December 9, 2017

Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for residents within the following boundaries: South of Mulholland Drive, east of the 405 Freeway, north of Sunset Boulevard and west of Roscomare Road.

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.

. Strong winds helped push the fire uphill, putting homes and residents in danger.

A brush fire burning in the foothills above Sylmar, Lake View Terrace and Sunland-Tujunga scorched 11,377 acres, burned at least 30 structures and forced more than 100,000 people to evacuate their homes Tuesday.

Neither is Bel-Air CC, though CBS Los Angeles said the course closed Wednesday "out of an abundance of caution". Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas told Curbed over 500 homes were lost in that tragic fire. More than 5,000 firefighters have been deployed to combat all of these fires. UCLA announced on Twitter the campus is safe and not in the fire evacuation zone. Blake Chow reminded Southlanders that red flag parking restrictions were still in place in the Hollywood and West Los Angeles areas, which are meant to keep streets open for firefighting equipment.

Real estate agents of the wealthy Los Angeles Bel-Air neighborhood were watching homes and blocks of streets they know well go up in flames from their living room TVs this morning.

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Hartwig, who was on site on Wednesday along with about 100 essential staff members, said he was still concerned that heavy winds might blow across the highway toward the Getty.

As it stands now, the fire is not a threat to Sunday's game, mostly because the winds have been blowing the smoke out to sea. The Skirball Center's Zeidler's Cafe is closed due to their close proximity to the fire, and the Hammer Museum's cafe is closed as well. The 405 North freeway remains closed between the 10 and the 101 freeways, making it challenging to access some local businesses.

"These are days that break your heart, but these are also days that show the resilience of our city", he said.

Dozens of schools were closed Wednesday, as was Santa Monica College.

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