Rupert Murdoch's $30 million Southern California estate is under threat from wildfires

Frederick Owens
December 7, 2017

Osby said high winds hindered the deployment of firefighting fixed- wing aircraft, although more than a half-dozen water-dropping helicopters were being used in the effort.

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

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

Celebrities, like everyone else effected by the raging inferno, had to shuttle children to safety as most schools were closed in areas impacted by heavy smoke and fire.

The Skirball Fire in the area south of scenic Mulholland Drive and north of Sunset Boulevard is just one of several major out-of-control brush fires that have sprung up in Southern California since Monday, when Santa Ana wind conditions set in.

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The fast moving brush fire, dubbed the Creek Fire, began early Tuesday in Los Angeles County.

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The wind and the fires are expected to continue whipping up at least until the end of the day on Thursday, said Umansky.

Some 30 structures were destroyed by the Creek Fire by Tuesday evening, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The fire was first reported around 5 the northbound 405 at Mulholland Drive. Kim said, "I pray everyone in Los Angeles is safe from these fires and THANK YOU to all of the fire fighters working so hard to keep everyone safe!" "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the path of California's wildfires", President Trump tweeted Wednesday".

A raging wildfire fueled by high winds created an incredible - and terrifying - sight for morning commuters Wednesday on Interstate 405 in Los Angeles. "With winds like this, it can be anything", Garcetti said, referring to the powerful Santa Ana winds that continued to blow across the region.

"It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so".

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in an exclusive ridge-top neighbourhood in Los Angeles as a risky new wildfire burns in Southern California. Many were evacuated from the nearby homes, including Chelsea Handler.

Fire Department spokesman Margaret Stewart says the fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. Wednesday and is burning uphill, driven by topography rather than winds.

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