150-Acre Skirball Fire Spurs Evacuations, Freeway Closures In California

150-Acre Skirball Fire Spurs Evacuations, Freeway Closures In California

The fire, which has already destroyed 16,000 acres, remains uncontrolled and now threatens multiple parts of Los Angeles county, including Brentwood, Hollywood, Bel Air, Sunset, Mulholland, the area near LAX, more. The area battled gridlocked heavy traffic as ash and smoke churned over the smoldering hillside.

What's being called the "Skirball" fire for its location near the Skirball Cultural Center is covering 150 acres in Los Angeles-a separate blaze from the "Thomas" fire that broke out near Ventura earlier this week and has burned over 65,000 acres so far, The New York Times reported.

"Very strong winds" blowing from the northeast to the southwest were causing the fire to balloon, he said, warning Angelenos to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Neither is Bel-Air CC, though CBS Los Angeles said the course closed Wednesday "out of an abundance of caution". "These are also days that show the resilience of our city".

A cloud of black smoke was creeping across the city with a large, dark column rising into the air, leaving authorities concerned about the poor quality of air that was unbreathable in some places. Air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke.

150-Acre Skirball Fire Spurs Evacuations, Freeway Closures In California

Real estate agents of the wealthy Los Angeles Bel-Air neighborhood were watching homes and blocks of streets they know well go up in flames from their living room TVs this morning. "The Bel-Air fire took out a lot of homes, and it's in the same area as back then". Along with the lack of much-needed rain, the Santa Ana winds have made it very hard to contain and put out the fires. There are high winds, with gusts over 60-miles-per-hour coupled with extremely dry terrain. 220 Firefighters on scene.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it had released funds for relief services. It's like Donald Trump is setting the world on fire.

"I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials", the president said on Twitter. In a tweet on Wednesday, the center said, "Our thoughts are with all our neighbors, and our thanks to the first responders working to keep us safe".

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