Wildfire burning near the Getty Center in Los Angeles

Friday, 08 Dec, 2017

It was 5 percent contained Wednesday afternoon. Officials said the fire has destroyed at least 150 buildings, including an evacuated mental health facility. "We've had a couple fires, but nothing like this".

Sanders noted that a good portion of the flames were burning in steep, inaccessible terrain that hasn't burned in decades or longer.

Mr. Singh sheds a tear while being evacuated as fire approached his home.

Videos of that 50-acre blaze, dubbed the Skirball Fire because of its proximity to the Skirball Cultural Center, showed bright flames glowing ominously close to motorists.

Six fixed-wing state aircraft are spreading retardant in a horseshoe shape around the blaze, and multiple helicopters are responding, Garcetti said. The Creek Fire north of downtown Los Angeles has burned 11,000 acres, while the smaller Rye Fire burned 7,000 acres.

It is so bad that the National Weather Service - which normally uses yellow, orange and red to gauge how severe the wind will be on its graphs - created a whole new color, purple, to depict the extreme conditions expected Thursday.

"We've lived in Ventura for 19 years", resident Mike Patterson said. "Our people are getting exhausted". The fire was burning on the east side of 405 across from the Getty Center, where winds were up to 25 miles per hour, according to the Times.

#SkirballFire UPDATE: The 405 Fwy is now CLOSED in both directions between the 101 Fwy and 10 Fwy as the 50-acre brush fire near the Getty Center continues to rage.

Officials were considering closing the southbound lanes as well. The Getty hugs the 405 freeway, a major Californian artery. The northbound lanes of the freeway were closed. The fires have been exacerbated by high winds.

"We are still in the middle of an aggressive and active firefight on the ground", said Robert Welsbie, spokesman for the Ventura Fire Department. That fire prompted many changes in city policy to prevent the spread of fires. Meanwhile, blazes from the Sylmar fire, Santa Clarita fire and San Bernardino fire have also had devastating effects. More than 50 public schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District were also shuttered. Santa Monica-Malibu schools are all closed, in addition to most private schools in the area such as John Thomas Dye and Buckley.

A raging wildfire fueled by high winds created an unbelievable - and terrifying - sight for morning commuters Wednesday on Interstate 405 in Los Angeles. A full list is here.

Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, 2551 Motor Ave. Anyone with tickets will be reimbursed, according to messages on its Twitter feed.

The fire's cause hasn't been determined.

The winds were part of the season's "strongest and longest" Santa Ana event.