Wildfire shuts San Diego Freeway: Rush-hour nightmare as flames rage

New Brush Fire Threatens Homes Near Getty Center in Brentwood Area; NB 405 Closed

The 50-acre fire was first reported at about 4:50 a.m. on the east side of the northbound lanes, where there are a number of schools and condominium complexes, across the freeway from Skirball Center Drive. "All Getty buildings have sophisticated filtration systems, but their effectiveness can be compromised by heavy traffic going in and out of the buildings". Some 100,000 people have evacuated already, and Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said crews would likely be battling the blaze for days.

As a raging conflagration now called the Skirball Fire engulfed the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, December 6, the nearby Getty Center and its fabled J. Paul Getty Museum appeared to be safe for the time being. It was expected to reach roughly 50 acres by 8 a.m. It remained unclear whether any structures had been damaged or destroyed in the fire. Mandatory evacuation for area East of the 405 Fwy, South of Mulholland Dr., West of Roscomare Rd. The eastbound and westbound entrances to the 405 Freeway from the 10 Freeway are closed as well. Both lanes of the 405 Freeway were closed as a result of the fire.

There are no reports of injuries, but the flames are dangerously close to the Getty Center and buildings nearby. Along with the lack of much-needed rain, the Santa Ana winds have made it very hard to contain and put out the fires. This is now the fifth fire burning in the region.

The Creek fire was listed at 11,000 acres. The fire reached 150 acres by 9:40 a.m. but is expected to grow due to 25 miles per hour winds.

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Power outages were widespread.

More than 125 city firefighters were on scene and the LAFD was being assisted with an additional helicopter from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, according to Stewart.

"Calls are being rerouted so you will get help!" the station tweeted.

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