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Hundreds of firefighters battle dynamic brush fire in Southern California

Hundreds of firefighters battle dynamic brush fire in Southern California

The fire was first reported around 5 a.m.at the northbound 405 at Mulholland Drive.

The Skirball fire situation is rapidly evolving. Many were evacuated from the nearby homes, including Chelsea Handler.

The fire threatened homes toward the top of the hill on the east side of the freeway. Homes in the Santiago Estates development in Sylmar were visibly burned.

Their luxury home in Bel-Air, which they had just put on the market three days ago, was "in the middle of it all", he said. Officials for the J. Paul Getty Museum said air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke, but the museum is closed to the public Wednesday.

The house, featured recently in Los Angeles Magazine, was in "immediate danger" he said.

The fire was zero percent contained as of Wednesday morning, Terrazas said. "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". Roads affected include Casiano Road, Moraga Drive and Linda Flora Drive.




The National Weather Service says winds are likely to die down Tuesday afternoon through the evening.

Officials were checking on several reports of people being trapped as a result of the fire, but those have not been confirmed, Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Stafford said.

Simultaneously, other wildfires are blazing in different parts of the Southland including the 65,000-acre Thomas fire in Ventura County, the 11,000-acre Creek fire near Sylmar and Lake View Terrace and the 7,000-acre Rye fire in Santa Clarita area, ABC7 reported.

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

The state is now closing portions of the highway, according to the Los Angeles Times. That blaze destroyed about 500 homes and led to various policy changes, including a prohibition on wood-shingle roofs and the strict requirement to remove brush from around properties.

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