Skirball Fire burns Bel Air; I-405 reopened

475 acres burned

UPDATE (2:46 p.m., Dec. 7): The Getty Center and Villa will reopen to visitors Friday.

UPDATE: The Skirball Fire has burned 475 acres and is at 5 percent containment. Four structures have been destroyed and 11 others have been damaged according to Los Angeles Fire Department officials.

I-405 is open but Caltrans says exits in the area are closed.

Evacuation orders remain in place for the areas in red on the map.



UPDATE: KNBC reports all lanes of the 405 near the Getty Center in Los Angeles are open.


UPDATE: Southbound lanes of 405 are now open, according to Los Angeles County CHP


UPDATE: ALL lanes shutdown on 405, due to Skirball Fire threatening Getty Center.

Traffic has been diverted to exit on Santa Monica Boulevard. The 405 Freeway was blocked from the 101 Freeway to the 10 Freeway on both sides, including all on and off ramps.

The eastbound and westbound entrance to the 405 Freeway from the 10 Freeway is closed as well. 

No injuries or structural damage have been reported, although the museum is threatened.


NBC Los Angeles reports:

Firefighters are responding to a 50-acre brush fire off the 405 Freeway near the Getty Center, prompting mandatory evacuations for residents.

Officials got a call of a fire, dubbed the Skirball Fire, moving uphill at 4:52 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. The blaze was accompanied by Santa Ana winds of 25 mph.

Residents by Casiano Road and Linda Flora Drive have been ordered to evacuate, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Residents near Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should be prepared to, as well, according to LAPD.

All Santa Monica-Malibu Los Angeles Unified School District schools will be closed Wednesday due to the fire.


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