Television footage showed the Bel-Air neighborhood home to celebrities and billionaires, where both entrepreneur Elon Musk and pop superstar Beyonce own property.
The Skirball Fire in the Sepulveda Pass prompted evacuations and shut down a major freeway early Wednesday. No major institution so far has said it has incurred damage, but, as of midday, more than 150 buildings and homes have been destroyed in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, and almost 12,000 more buildings are potentially threatened by four fires threatening various areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Residents living west of the 405 should brace for evacuations, too, should flames jump the freeway, officials say. We continue to monitor the situation and will issue updates as we have them.
"A couple of families from my daughter's school live in that road", he said.
The house, featured recently in Los Angeles Magazine, was in "immediate danger" he said.
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A few factors have contributed to the fires spreading so quickly, the biggest of which grew to almost 80-square-miles in just a few hours.
ABC 7 reports that several homes on Moraga Drive are on fire.
Firefighters believe hundreds more have been damaged or destroyed but they won't know the full extent of the damage until they can get the fires under control. High winds combined with heavy smoke and blowing ash hindered firefighters' ability to contain those fires, including the Skirball Fire.
In 1961, a fire consumed 500 homes in the hillside district.
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The fire led to the closure of multiple freeways, include the very congested 405.
Misraje, who lives in the hills herself off Mulholland Drive, was staying put and telling her members and any clients to listen to authorities, stay in their homes if their area was not being evacuated to keep the roads free, and to stay inside to avoid the contaminated air.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said more than 230,000 people had evacuated Los Angeles and Ventura counties. "Nothing has been damaged, but the air quality is very bad in Westwood today, so we're taking precautions".
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