Skirball Fire forces closure of the 405 in Los Angeles

Skirball Fire forces closure of the 405 in Los Angeles

All Santa Monica-Malibu Los Angeles Unified School District schools will be closed Wednesday due to the fire. Officials have issued a mandatory evacuation notice to at least one neighborhood filled with multimillion-dollar homes, as the fire has already started burning some down. Dubbed the "Skirball Fire," this fast-moving blaze erupted, consuming at least 50 acres in fire.

Shortly after 6 a.m., mandatory evacuations were ordered for Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive, and Casiano Road, down to Bellagio Road, according to the LAFD.

Misraje, who lives in the hills herself off Mulholland Drive, was staying put and telling her members and any clients to listen to authorities, stay in their homes if their area was not being evacuated to keep the roads free, and to stay inside to avoid the contaminated air.

Residents near Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should be ready to go. Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas told Curbed over 500 homes were lost in that tragic fire. Two firefighting helicopters have been assigned.

The Skirball Fire is the latest of many which have been raging in the Southern California area.

Nearly 200,000 people lost power in Ventura County on Tuesday, making it challenging for the 1,100 firefighters to put out the flames. "We are a resilient city, we are a strong city, we are a capable city".

The fire was burning in the same general area as the devastating Bel Air Fire of 1961.

An unknown number of homes were destroyed by the blaze, according to LAFD.

The freeway was likely to be impacted for the rest of the morning, Stewart said. Winds were about 15 miles per hour.

Evacuation centers have been established 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.

Both sides of the 210 Freeway were reopened Wednesday morning as crews continue to battle the Creek Fire near Sylmar. The 405 North freeway remains closed between the 10 and the 101 freeways, making it challenging to access some local businesses. Needless to say, the Skirball Center will remain closed as well.