Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Skirball Fire burns 150 acres near Getty Museum

Skirball Fire burns 150 acres near Getty Museum

The blaze, dubbed the Creek Fire, was reported at 3:42 the area of Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which was assisting the U.S. Forest Service and the Los Angeles Fire Department in the battle.

The Skirball fire started near the Getty Museum, Skirball Cultural Center and 405 freeway, and has already burned 150 acres.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a local state of emergency after the blaze almost tripled in size to 125 acres, destroying at least four homes.

"This area should be ReadySetGo and be prepared for possible evacuation for Skirball Fire in December 2017", a notification on Google Maps read.

Afternoon and evening classes were cancelled Wednesday at UCLA, which is just miles from the blaze, though isn't expected to be in the path of the fire.

Still, Hartwig said the art complex's plan has always been to keep the artwork in place in case of fire. The Getty hugs the 405 freeway, a major Californian artery.

The Los Angeles Unified School District is closing Roscomare Road Elementary School, Community Magnet Charter School and Kenter Canyon Elementary School and multiple other schools.

"Calls are being rerouted so you will get help!" the station tweeted. The only fire in which there was any containment was the Rye, at 5%.

Deputy Fire Chief Charles Butler said firefighters and aircraft stopped the growth of the 475-acre blaze in the Bel Air neighbourhood. "THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work!"

The winds were part of the season's "strongest and longest" Santa Ana event.

Earlier a wildfire in a wealthy western area of Los Angeles reached an estate and winery owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

The Getty Center, which has an air filtration system to protect its galleries, is closed Wednesday due to smoke from all the area wildfires.

That fire has now reached 96,000 acres, and officials fear the worst wind day so far this week in Southern California as the region battles major brushfires, scorching nearly 120,000 acres altogether.

"This fire is very risky and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said.

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