A dramatic 150-acre brush fire erupted Wednesday morning in the Sepulveda Pass area of Los Angeles, prompting mandatory evacuation orders and the complete closure of the 405 Freeway at the scene, authorities said. The location is near the Skirball Cultural Center and the Getty Center.
"It was dark until I saw a very big ball of orange", motorist Tiffany Lynette Anderson wrote on Instagram, where she posted a picture of fire raging beside the highway before it shut down. There were no injuries yet reported, according to KABC-TV.
NBC Los Angeles reporting Fox News chief Rupert Murdoch's $30-million vineyard estate is on fire.
The crews were assigned to structure protection for both residential and business structures and could be in Los Angeles County for up to 14-days before returning home. Strong winds helped push the fire uphill, putting homes and residents in danger. Six fixed-wing aircraft were requested from Cal Fire.
Around 3:00 pm Tuesday, ECCFPD joined Strike team 2040A which included Contra Costa County Fire, Moraga-Orinda Fire, San Ramon Fire, Rodeo Hercules Fire in responding to Creek Incident LA County. News videos show multiple homes are burning.
The L.A. Times reports: "The fire was estimated to cover some 50 acres by 6:20 a.m., but Los Angeles fire officials said it was being fueled by 25 miles per hour winds and would likely grow even more". Smoke had already spread throughout the west Los Angeles area from wildfires further north by Tuesday morning.
"This fire is very unsafe and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said.
The fires spewed so much smoke that they were captured in a NASA image from space. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, as some 1,100 personnel continued to battle the blaze. "We're so blessed that we still have a house". The Skirball Center's Zeidler's Cafe is closed due to their close proximity to the fire, and the Hammer Museum's cafe is closed as well. "We don't want to hamper our personnel and not send them".
"Now, everything that I have, except for my lovely family, is gone", she said. It remained unclear at the time what caused each wildfire.