Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

The Skirball Fire in LA Is Burning Down Rupert Murdoch's House

The Skirball Fire in LA Is Burning Down Rupert Murdoch's House

A wildfire that started early Wednesday morning near the Getty Center and Sepulveda Pass has forced the closure of all lanes of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, one of the busiest highways in the state.

All the fire action Tuesday centered around the northern part of Los Angeles County and to the west in Ventura County, where the blaze still burned out of control Wednesday.

The SigAlert was expanded at 6:45 a.m., shutting down the freeway in both directions from the 10 Freeway to the 101 Freeway, the CHP stated.

Homes on Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive, Casiano Road down to Bellagio Road, east of the 405, south of Mulholland Drive, North of Sunset Boulevard and west of Roscomare Road are now under mandatory evacuation orders.

And to the north of Los Angeles, firefighters were stretched thin as they battled a giant home-destroying blaze in Ventura County.

The Creek fire, reported at 3:42 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, is burning in Kagel Canyon above Sylmar and the Hansen Dam Recreation Area.

At least one home appeared to be in the path of the fire, aerial video showed. The area from Sayre Street to the 5 and 14 freeways split was under voluntary evacuation, according to L.A. Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell.

An evacuation center had been opened at the Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick St., but that center was closed as the fire closed in.

A horse is evacuated along Osborne street at the Creek fire Tuesday morning.

Students at a variety of Los Angeles Unified School District campuses were affected by the fire, with students diverted to alternate campuses to keep them out of the fire's path. Authorities temporarily closed the freeway, leaving many unable to get to their jobs. Six fixed-wing aircraft and a number of helicopters were deployed to the scene, Garcetti said.

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck warned that given the Santa Ana winds that are expected to continue through the week, fire and law enforcement officials will be stretched to the limit. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so".

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