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Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

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

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

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.

Nicknamed the Skirball Fire, it was reported at 5 a.m. near Mulholland Drive, a five-minute drive from the Skirball Cultural Center. Meanwhile, several other wildfires were burning in other parts of the Southland, including the 65,000-acre Thomas fire in Ventura County, the 11,000-acre Creek Fire in near Sylmar and Lake View Terrace, and the 7,000-acre Rye Fire in the Santa Clarita area. "Residents of Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should be prepared for evacuation the department said". Fire crews were hard at work trying to contain the blaze, but they were fighting a fire fueled 25 miles per hour winds. It remained unclear whether any structures had been damaged or destroyed in the fire. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so".

California is once again on fire, with a blazing inferno - called the Skirball Fire - tearing through the Sepulveda Pass of Los Angeles.

Many schools and local businesses in both counties have been closed.

The blaze was reported at 4:52 a.m. on the east side of the freeway near Mulholland Drive, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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 was zero percent contained as of Wednesday morning, Terrazas said.

The blaze comes amid a red flag warning - due to low humidity and fierce Santa Ana winds - that is expected to last through much of the week.

The weather conditions were impeding efforts to contain and extinguish the out-of-control blaze, as strong, gusty winds fueled the "extreme" fire behavior, according to the inciweb incident information website.

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