Skirball Fire Pictures And Videos: Wildfire Rages Near 405 Freeway, Bel Air

Skirball Fire Pictures And Videos: Wildfire Rages Near 405 Freeway, Bel Air

Umansky laid out the real estate still at risk: If the fire reaches Moraga Drive and Linda Flora Drive, it might take out some very expensive homes. Residents in Sullivan Canyon and Mandeville Canyon were told to be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.

Murdoch acquired the 13-acre property in 2013 for $28.8 million, according to Forbes. Northbound lanes remain closed. There were no immediate reports of injuries, but flames were threatening the famed Getty Center and adjacent buildings on its sprawling hillside campus.

The Getty Center said on Twitter that its galleries are protected from the smoke by an air filtration system.

Umansky, who has opened his home to one family and said another two were on their way, said the street most affected this morning was south Casiano Road in Bel-Air.

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.

The fire broke out before dawn Wednesday on the east side of Interstate 405 in the Sepulveda Pass and raced up steep slopes into neighbourhoods at the top. (SCE) said it had crews in the areas around all of the fires attempting to make damage assessments, but the company said they were being hampered by fire conditions in certain areas.

While the blaze in Sylmar began spreading rapidly, the 31,000-acre Thomas Fire scorched Ventura County, forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee from their homes.

Skirball Fire Threatens Bel Air Homes
Skirball Fire Threatens Bel Air Homes

The wildfires raging through southern California have gotten personal for media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Fire Department spokesman Margaret Stewart says the fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. Wednesday and is burning uphill, driven by topography rather than winds.

UPDATE (9:50 am) Up to 150 acres and 0% contained.

Osby said high winds hindered the deployment of firefighting fixed- wing aircraft, although more than a half-dozen water-dropping helicopters were being used in the effort. 'If the winds pick up, we will face quite a challenge'.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, freeing state funds and resources to assist. Many were evacuated from the nearby homes, including Chelsea Handler.

Share this article: A firefighter uses a fire hose on a past blaze. The Creek Fire north of downtown Los Angeles has burned 11,000 acres, while the smaller Rye Fire burned 7,000 acres.

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