According to the Los Angeles Times, the 50-acre wildfire, dubbed the Skirball Fire, has prompted mandatory evacuations in parts of Bel-Air. The blaze was in the Sepulveda Pass near the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center and caused the closure of portions of the highway.
As of 8:35 am Wednesday, the fire had grown to 11,377 acres per CALFIRE.
According to the Times, the new fires covered as much as 50 acres by 6:20 a.m. PT, but Los Angeles fire officials say 25 miles per hour winds could make it spread.
According to a report from the museum on its Twitter account Wednesday morning, "Air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke".
Sylmar resident Virginia Padilla, whose family owns a ranch in Sylmar, told NBC4 the fire killed at least 30 of the ranch's horses.More news: Here's where you can get FREE treats on National Cookie Day!
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The Foothill (210) Freeway was closed in both directions between the Golden State (5) Freeway on the west and the Glendale (2) Freeway and aren't expected to be reopened until at least later this morning. "Thus far, their dedicated efforts have prevented the loss of life", said Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) on its official website.
On Tuesday, two unsafe fires swept through southern California, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate.
Stewart said officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were arriving in the neighborhood to handle any potential evacuation orders. Six fixed-wing aircraft and a number of helicopters were deployed to the scene, Garcetti said.
Moraga Estate, the only working winery in Bel-Air and home of Twenty-First Century Fox and Fox News Chairman Rupert Murdoch, appears to be the latest casualty of wildfires spread by the Santa Ana winds in Southern California. Some 100,000 people have evacuated already, and Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said crews would likely be battling the blaze for days.
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.