Skirball Fire Map: Current Location of the Wildfire

Brush fire threatens homes in Bel Air area I-405 closed from 10 to 101

On days of Extreme Fire Danger, your Los Angeles Fire Department may pre-deploy resources at select Neighborhood Fire Stations in-and-near areas prone to wildfire.

Los Angeles City firefighters battle the Skirball Fire in Bel-Air on Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017.

"Thousands are under mandatory evacuation orders".

Though every museum has its own way of protecting the priceless works inside it, the Los Angeles Times notes that the Getty Center was constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the very kind of emergency it's now facing.

A fire east of the 405 freeway near the Getty Center has closed the 405 freeway in both directions north of the 10 freeway, says the LA Times. The owner had been ordered to evacuate at 5 a.m. this morning with homes in the 1300 address range reportedly on fire.

More than 230,000 people have had to leave their homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. "Be ready to go at nearly a moment's notice", L.A. City Councilmember Paul Koretz had said at a press conference the previous day.

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UCLA canceled classes Thursday, and Santa Monica College and all schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district were closed. Located 60 miles (97km) northwest of Los Angeles in Ventura County that fire spread from 500 acres Monday night to 50,000 acres the following morning. "The Getty Center was designed as a Type A fire-resistant complex, with sophisticated air filtration and fire protection systems".

The BI forecast for Wednesday into Thursday is 296 - the highest number the fire chief has ever seen.

Authorities warned that winds will likely remain strong until Friday.

"Even where there are windows, there are shades to drop and they're water-drenched and so forth", Hartwig said.

The Thomas, Creek and Rye Fires continue to wreaking havoc in Southern California, as authorities and firefighters scramble to contain the rapidly moving blazes.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it had released funds for relief services.

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