Skirball Fire burns 150 acres near Getty Museum

An example of firefighters at work

An example of firefighters at work

The Southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway are now open through the Sepulveda pass, but the Northbound lanes are closed.

According to LAPD: Residents by Casiano Rd, Moraga, & Linda Flora in West Los Angeles being evacuated/are evacuated for the 405 brush fire.

The Skirball Fire has burned at least 475 acres and is 20 percent contained after the blaze broke out early Wednesday morning and destroyed at least four homes and damaged 12 others in short order.

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It remained unclear whether there were any injuries resulting from the Thomas Fire. The fires are being exacerbated by dry conditions and sustained winds around 35-45 miles per hour, with gusts reaching 80 miles per hour. UCLA announced classes were voluntary Wednesday and urged all faculty and students living off-campus to stay home.

Television footage showed the Bel-Air neighborhood home to celebrities and billionaires, where both entrepreneur Elon Musk and pop superstar Beyonce own property.

The museum, according to the Times, is more concerned about air quality than it is about the flames themselves.

"Today was the scariest morning commute of my life", one person wrote alongside a jaw-dropping photo.

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California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency over the area Tuesday, announcing: "This fire is very unsafe and spreading rapidly".

The Skirball fire was reported at 4:50 a.m. and was more than an acre when the first units arrived.

The area battled gridlocked heavy traffic as ash and smoke churned over the smoldering hillside. "The wind is going to increase that twofold". It is a bypass auxiliary route of Interstate 5, running along the southern and western parts of the Greater Los Angeles Area from Irvine in the south to near San Fernando in the north. "Be ready to go at nearly a moment's notice", L.A. City Councilmember Paul Koretz had said at a press conference the previous day.

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