The Skirball Fire in LA Is Burning Down Rupert Murdoch's House

A firefighter battles flames in Lake View Terrace on Tuesday

UPDATE (9:50 am) Up to 150 acres and 0% contained.

"The area had been burned through three years ago in a big brush fire", said resident, Anna Determan, who have lived there for around 32 years. Helicopters on sight. Evacuation centers set up at rec centers. Some area restaurants chose to remain open amid the fire and smoke-filled skies, while others closed shop for the day.

Shortly before 7 a.m., the California Highway Patrol closed the entire 405 Freeway between the Ventura (101) Freeway and the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, along with on-ramps and off-ramps and freeway transition roads in the affected area. Firefighting crews were setting up on the southbound side of the 405 to prevent the fire from jumping the freeway, and northbound vehicles were being turned back. Air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke. His Bel Air winery tweeted, "We are watching the situation unfold very carefully along with everyone else".

A 1,000-acre fire blazed through the Angeles National Forest Tuesday, Dec.5, trapping several people in Sylmar, and forcing mandatory evacuations, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. As the fire expanded and jumped south of the Foothill Freeway, so did the mandatory evacuation area. & North of Sunset Blvd.

Hundreds of US firefighters were battling to save homes Tuesday as a dynamic brush fire driven by strong winds exploded to at least 4,000 acres in hours in Southern California.

Nicknamed the Skirball Fire, it was reported at 5 a.m. near Mulholland Drive, a five-minute drive from the Skirball Cultural Center. All North Bound lanes of the 405 are closed in the area. Padilla said she and her family were able to get out of her home just in time but were not able to take their horses with them as they had to evacuate immediately when they were awakened Tuesday morning.

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