Brush fire breaks out in Los Angeles

Wildfires make for a smokey morning on Venice beach

Wildfires make for a smokey morning on Venice beach

As of 7:45 AM PT, mandatory evacuations were in place for the entire area within the following: south of Mulholland Drive, east of the 405 Freeway, north of Sunset Boulevard and west of Roscomare Road.

The exception to the evacuation order was the Bel Air Crest housing development, which was not threatened, Garcetti said.

A smoke plume from the Skirball fire burning near the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass is seen Wednesday morning. No major institution so far has said it has incurred damage, but, as of midday, more than 150 buildings and homes have been destroyed in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, and almost 12,000 more buildings are potentially threatened by four fires threatening various areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Some 200 firefighters were deployed to the scene to combat the blaze, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

The Skirball fire situation is rapidly evolving.

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The wildfire has reportedly reached about 50 acres in size and is still growing, fueled by 25-mph winds.

Santa Monica College, as well as American Jewish University and Marymount High School were closed.

One of many horse left behind as an early-morning major alarm brush fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar Tuesday. 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.

The Times also states that authorities have closed all northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway and all on-ramps onto the 405 north of the 10 Freeway. Some 100,000 people have evacuated already, and Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said crews would likely be battling the blaze for days.

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