New Fire Hits the 405 Freeway, in the Heart of Los Angeles

Pauline Gross
December 7, 2017

As a raging conflagration now called the Skirball Fire engulfed the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, December 6, the nearby Getty Center and its fabled J. Paul Getty Museum appeared to be safe for the time being.

The Los Angeles County blaze, dubbed the Creek Fire, began about 3:42 a.m. near Gold Creek Road and Little Tujunga Canyon Road, county Fire Department Deputy Chief David Richardson said. Both lanes of the 405 Freeway were closed as a result of the fire. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency as 27,000 people were evacuated from their homes, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Los Angeles Times reported that several homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood were seen burning as the fire continues to grow from 50 acres.

The multiple wildfires in Southern California were spreading so fast in part due to what officials called the strongest Santa Ana winds of the season.

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Their luxury home in Bel-Air, which they had just put on the market three days ago, was "in the middle of it all", he said. As the fire expanded and jumped south of the Foothill Freeway, so did the mandatory evacuation area. 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. People who live in Mandeville and Sullivan canyons should be prepared to leave their homes, authorities said.

About 105 patients were voluntarily evacuated from Mountain View Convalescent Center in Sylmar.

As an inferno rages in the Los Angeles area, photos and video posted to the internet are making the predawn commute look downright apocalyptic. Both were closed for the day, as was Santa Monica College and all schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district. Needless to say, the Skirball Center will remain closed as well.

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