Skirball Fire threatens Getty Center, shuts down 405

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"All Getty buildings have sophisticated filtration systems, but their effectiveness can be compromised by heavy traffic going in and out of the buildings". Roads affected include Casiano Road, Moraga Drive and Linda Flora Drive.

The Skirball Fire which started in Los Angeles early Wednesday morning is threatening multimillion dollar estates in nearby neighborhoods, including Bel Air, Brentwood and Mandeville Canyon, which is home to several high-profile Hollywood elite such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Ari Emanuel. It was expected to reach roughly 50 acres by 8 a.m.

The eastbound and westbound entrance to the 405 Freeway from the 10 Freeway is closed as well. The eastbound and westbound entrances to the 405 Freeway from the 10 Freeway are closed as well.

The blaze appeared to be burning across from the Getty Center museum, one of L.A.'s cultural landmarks and home to a priceless collection of art.

Some 200 firefighters were deployed to the scene to combat the blaze, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. The Rye fire shut down Interstate 5, the state's major north-south artery, although it reopened later.

Skirball Fire Threatens Bel Air Homes
Skirball Fire Threatens Bel Air Homes

The fire captured in the video is part of the Skirball fire, which has burned through more than 150 acres, destroyed at least six homes, and sparked evacuations.

The Creek fire was listed at 11,000 acres.

It was reported at six acres but quickly grew to at least 50 acres as crews were working against 25 miles per hour winds. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency as 27,000 people were evacuated from their homes, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Power outages were widespread.

The Getty Center was already set to be closed Wednesday due to the other wild fires burning in Southern California.

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