The blaze on the east side of the freeway across from the Getty Center is causing massive traffic jams on the 405 freeway and other roadways in the area. Both were closed for the day, as was Santa Monica College and all schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district.
Hundreds of USA firefighters were battling to save homes Tuesday as a dynamic brush fire driven by strong winds exploded to at least 4,000 acres in hours in Southern California.
About 500 firefighters were sent to battle the Skirball Fire, including 350 from the LAFD.
Meanwhile, wildfires continue to ravage Ventura County: "The blaze has consumed 50,500 acres on its journey to the ocean". More than 350 firefighters from 52 engine companies were deployed to the scene, supported by helicopters that were making water drops, said LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas.
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People in Murdoch's estate, along with other homes in Bel-Air and nearby Sherman Oaks, were ordered to evacuate. The Skirball Fire encompasses parts of Bel Air, Holmby Hills, and Brentwood, and is affecting the surrounding food-friendly neighborhoods, including Westwood. The fire consumed 4,000 acres by 8:30 a.m. and blanketed 11,000 acres with zero containment by early afternoon.
Evacuation centers are open at the Sylmar Recreation Center, located at 13109 Borden Avenue.
An unknown number of homes were destroyed by the blaze, according to LAFD.
The Getty hugs the 405 freeway, a major Californian artery.
The 210 Freeway has been shut down from Sunland Boulevard on the east to the 5 Freeway on the west, and the 118 Freeway interchange with the 210 is also closed amid the firefight.
Clouds of black smoke were seen from miles away before blowing by wind over the valley.