Evacuations ordered in Bel Air as wildfire burns near the 405 freeway

Wind-Driven Brush Fire Scorches 31,000 Acres in Santa Paula

Television footage showed the Bel-Air neighborhood home to celebrities and billionaires, where both entrepreneur Elon Musk and pop superstar Beyonce own property.

Mandatory evacuations are in place in Bel Air this morning as a fast-moving brush fire that erupted near the 405 freeway near the Getty Center climbed up the hillside, threatening an unknown number of homes.

The Skirball fire situation is rapidly evolving.

Over the weekend, there have been three fires raging in the Los Angeles area - in Ventura County, Bel Air, and the northeastern San Fernando Valley.

"A couple of families from my daughter's school live in that road", he said.

Sotheby's International Realty agent Jeremiah Eden, based in Brentwood (located five miles west of Bel-Air), expressed grave concerns about a attractive Gerard Colcord $5 million home he is selling at 1160 Casiano Road with agent Kaitlyn Benson, who has a personal connection with the property: it is her childhood home.

Nicknamed the Skirball Fire, it was reported at 5 a.m. near Mulholland Drive, a five-minute drive from the Skirball Cultural Center. "Right now there is no threat here but everywhere you go now, there are embers in the air; it's very hard to breathe, and it looks like the end of the world".

ABC 7 reports that several homes on Moraga Drive are on fire.

Fire departments from across the state had arrived to help battle the ferocious wildfires, as heavy winds expected to continue through Thursday complicated their struggle to contain the flames.

Firefighters were also on the scene of the Rye fire - which had grown to 7,000 acres in the Santa Clarita area - as well as the Creek fire north of downtown Los Angeles that had grown to more than 11,000 acres.

The fire led to the closure of multiple freeways, include the very congested 405.

She tweeted, "Just evacuated my house".

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said they're trying to "stop this fire before it becomes something bigger" like the Bel Air fire of 1961. "Nothing has been damaged, but the air quality is very bad in Westwood today, so we're taking precautions".

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