Fire burning in Sepulveda Pass

Posted December 07, 2017

The Associated Press reports a new blaze erupted near Los Angeles in the Ventura, Calif., area early Wednesday.

UPDATE: (5:50 a.m.) Fire now burning 50 acres.

By 6:20 a.m. local time, the fast-moving brush fire, fueled by 25 miles per hour winds, was burning about 50 acres in western Los Angeles, prompting residents of several posh neighborhoods to evacuate their homes, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The devastating blaze destroyed at least 30 homes and prompted mandatory evacuations that affected an estimated 150,000 residents, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

About 500 firefighters were sent to battle the Skirball Fire, including 350 from the LAFD.

Karen Misraje, a partner and branch manager with Partners' Trust, now part of Pacific Union International, and president of the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors, said firefighters would be informed by the 1961 fire in Bel-Air.

All Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District schools will be closed Wednesday due to new fire developments.

The fire began as crews are spread across Southern California fighting several brush fires, including the Thomas Fire, the Creek Fire, and the Rye Fire.

The freeway was likely to be impacted for the rest of the morning, Stewart said.

Some 105 patients were being voluntarily evacuated from Mountain View Convalescent Center on Fenton Ave in Sylmar, said LAFD, noting that they had no reported injuries from any civilians.

As the fire burns northeast of the Getty Center and east of the 405 (San Diego) Freeway, the museum and other Center facilities are closed to the public. While the freeway closures were in the name of safety, one negative result was a massive gridlock in one of Los Angeles' most congested and busy areas. Needless to say, the Skirball Center will remain closed as well.