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

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

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. More than 300 personnel from the Los Angeles Fire Department are on the scene and are being supported by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, LAPD and the Angeles National Forest and CalFire, officials said during a Wednesday afternoon news conference. High winds combined with heavy smoke and blowing ash hindered firefighters' ability to contain those fires, including the Skirball Fire. The Skirball Fire is in mostly residential areas causing evacuation, and UCLA students were given the option to go to class.

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

Thomas was the largest of a number of wildfires that broke out across Southern California following the onset of the Santa Ana winds.

Wildfires are ripping through the Los Angeles area.

Around 5 a.m. we learned reports of a 10-acre fire burning near the Getty Museum.

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More than 230,000 people have had to leave their homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

"These are days that break your heart but also days that shows the resilience of our city", he said. The air throughout the gallery is filtered by a system that forces it out, rather than a filtration method which would bring air in. Santa Monica-Malibu schools are all closed, in addition to most private schools in the area such as John Thomas Dye and Buckley. 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.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, freeing state funds and resources to assist.

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

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