Skirball Fire Pictures And Videos: Wildfire Rages Near 405 Freeway, Bel Air

'Creek Fire' burns 4000 acres above Sylmar and prompts evacuations

California Wildfires Destroy At Least 200 Homes

About a dozen evacuation centers have been established due to various fires burning in the city, including at Delano Recreation Center, 15100 Erwin St., Van Nuys; Balboa RC, 17015 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys; Sherman Oaks RC, 14201 Huston St., Sherman Oaks; and Westwood RC, 1350 Sepulveda Blvd., Westwood.

According to LAPD: Residents by Casiano Rd, Moraga, & Linda Flora in West Los Angeles being evacuated/are evacuated for the 405 brush fire.

The Thomas Fire is moving fast.

Over 1,000 firefighters are struggling to contain the flames that have already destroyed some 80,000 acres in just over a day since the fire broke out and killed at least one person in an area near downtown LA.


UPDATE (9:50 am) Up to 150 acres and 0% contained.

Fire resources are stretched thin with firefighters battling an 11,000 acre fire in the Sylmar and Sunland-Tujunga areas and the Thomas fire, which has burned 65,000 acres in the towns of Ventura, Santa Paula and Ojai, and has jumped the 101 freeway. The Thomas Fire is almost 3 times the size of the Tubbs Fire (36,807 acres), which was the most destructive of the fires in Napa and Sonoma counties back in October. If it's 165 or higher, that's considered extreme.

The National Weather Service predicted "extremely critical fire weather", saying wind gusts could hit 70 miles per hour in some areas.

The last time the Santa Ana winds were this bad - with multiple days of warning level winds and red flags - was 10 years ago, in October 2007. So the risk of the fires spreading will remain high.

Photos and videos posted on social media from people near the Skirball Fire showed Armageddon-like conditions near the 405 Freeway. The number earlier was 43,000 homes. In an interview with blogger Lee Rosenbaum, Ron Hartwig of the Getty said that the institution "was really designed and built to protect against disasters like a major fire".

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