The fire was first reported around 5 a.m.at the northbound 405 at Mulholland Drive. It is one of the smaller of several wildfires burning in the Los Angeles area, but it is in a relatively densely populated area that includes the tony neighborhood of Bel Air and borders the campus of UCLA.
The flames have swallowed some 80,000 acres in just over a day since the "Thomas" fire, now the state's largest, broke out, leaving at least one dead in an area about 45 minutes from downtown LA. Some 50 acres had burned within a matter of just two hours as Los Angeles firefighters contend with wind gusts of up to 30 mph.
"Very strong winds" blowing from the northeast to the southwest were causing the fire to balloon, he said, warning Angelenos to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. "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.
In the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, the Creek Fire had blackened more than 11,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 2,500 homes and a convalescent center north of Interstate 210.
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Photos and videos posted on social media from people near the Skirball Fire showed Armageddon-like conditions near the 405 Freeway.
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The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District closed all of its schools Wednesday and Thursday.
Karen Misraje, a partner and branch manager with Partners' Trust, now part of Pacific Union International, and president of the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors, said firefighters would be informed by the 1961 fire in Bel-Air.
The museum is now working with the police and fire departments in the area to determine the need for future closures and the evacuation of any personnel.
California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, freeing state funds and resources to assist.
The BI forecast for Wednesday into Thursday is 296 - the highest number the fire chief has ever seen. Some area restaurants chose to remain open amid the fire and smoke-filled skies, while others closed shop for the day.