Skirball Fire burns 150 acres near Getty Museum

Ross Houston
December 7, 2017

A brush fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar, charred almost 11,400, destroyed about 30 homes and prompted the evacuation of more than 100,000 people from their homes, raged on for a second day Wednesday even though air crews made overnight water drops in a bid to douse the flames. Those winds have since settled down, according to Curbed, but mandatory evacuation orders were issued for an area of Bel Air south of Mulholland Drive, North Sunset Boulevard, the 405 and west of Roscomare Road, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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. In October, more than a dozen fires blazed through the northern part of the state, burning thousands of acres along the way.

Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen, who both have homes in Los Angeles, took to Twitter to discuss the fires.


Heavy Santa Ana winds blamed for spreading the infernos still threaten to multiply the destruction. Strong winds helped push the fire uphill, putting homes and residents in danger.

At least one home appeared to be in the path of the fire, aerial video showed. It remained unclear whether any structures had been damaged or destroyed in the fire. The museum had already announced Tuesday that it would be closed today due to smoke from other area fires.

"We don't have a good feel on which direction this fire is heading", Stewart said.


Sylmar resident Virginia Padilla, whose family owns a ranch in Sylmar, told NBC4 the fire killed at least 30 of the ranch's horses.

It was reported at six acres but quickly grew to at least 50 acres as crews were working against 25 miles per hour winds.


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