Skirball Fire burns 150 acres near Getty Museum

Doug Mendoza
December 7, 2017

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was working to evacuate residents near the area of Lopez Canyon and Kagel Canyon, according to LA County Fire.

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. People who live in Mandeville and Sullivan canyons should be prepared to leave their homes, authorities said.

The area is in the vicinity of the devastating 1961 "Bel Air fire" that destroyed about 500 homes.

Some 200 firefighters were deployed to the scene to combat the blaze, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

As of press time, the fire is heading from the east toward the Getty Center and toward UCLA.

UPDATE: (5:50 a.m.) Fire now burning 50 acres. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so".

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The Thomas Fire jumped to thousands of acres with startling speed as Santa Ana winds, blowing as fast as 35 to 50 miles per hour, carried its embers.

Nearly 200,000 people lost power in Ventura County on Tuesday, making it challenging for the 1,100 firefighters to put out the flames. The fire burned more than 11,000 acres by Wednesday morning and had destroyed an estimated 30 homes, KTVU-TV reported.

Southern California is suffering an outbreak of large wildfires, thanks in part to strong Santa Ana winds and dry conditions that are expected to persist through most of the week.

No fatalities were reported but three firefighters were injured Tuesday in their battle against the Creek Fire, which was zero percent contained Tuesday night.

After the fire began, the northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway were closed at Bel Air Crest Road all the way back to Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles. It remained unclear at the time what caused each wildfire.

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