150-Acre Skirball Fire Spurs Evacuations, Freeway Closures In California

The fire burned through more than 6,000 acres claiming hundreds of valuable homes

The fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. on the east side of the pass alongside Interstate 405 and quickly raced up steep slopes into the tony neighborhoods of the Bel Air area, destroying some homes as firefighters and aircraft sought to beat it down. More than 27,000 citizens had been evacuated by Wednesday afternoon, and evacuation orders were mounting at the locations of the various LA County fires. "These are also days that show the resilience of our city".

Murdoch acquired the 13-acre property in 2013 for $28.8 million, according to Forbes.

She tweeted, "Just evacuated my house".

Celebrities, like everyone else effected by the raging inferno, had to shuttle children to safety as most schools were closed in areas impacted by heavy smoke and fire.

There were no other immediate reports of injuries. The fire broke out near the 405 Freeway and Mulholland Drive just before 5 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

Residents living south of Mulholland, east of the 405, north of Sunset Boulevard, and west of Roscomare Road were told to leave their homes. (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.

The biggest and most destructive of several wildfires burning in Southern California has scorched more than 101 square miles. Over 125 firefighters have been on the scene, and water-dropping helicopters are reportedly being used to quench the flames. 'If the winds pick up, we will face quite a challenge'.

House with pool on fire

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, freeing state funds and resources to assist firefighters.

More than 250,000 homes lost power, utilities said.

The fire affected a number of schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Dozens of homes have burned since the fire erupted Monday amid fierce Santa Ana winds.

SCE has made the early assessment that given the origin of both the Thomas and Creek Fires, and the continuing performance of the electric utility system, "there is no indication that the company' facilities were a source of these fires".

State fire authorities say the fire burning in Ventura County about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles is also considered a threat to 12,000 structures Wednesday.

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