Firefighters in Los Angeles Country and surrounding areas are battling four major fires. Yesterday the biggest fire was in Ventura County, but a new fire broke out this morning around 4 AM in the hills of Los Angeles that threatens thousands of residents. While the Ventura fire continues, fire fighters are scrambling to contain the new fire dubbed the “Skirball fire” (because of it’s proximity to the cultural Skirball Center). The Skirball fire forced owners of the luxury homes in the LA hills to evacuate. The threat of the Skirball fire is it’s expansion. It has the potential to expand and pose a threat to the Getty Museum, the UCLA campus and residents in the Brentwood and Bel Air neighborhoods.

West LA Fire Impact

In west Los Angeles neighborhoods today, residents walked around in white respirator masks and the streets were emptier than normal. Power is down in areas making phone service sporadic. UCLA announced they are operating on “internal power only” and power is out at non-essential buildings. Around 100 schools in the LA Unified School District closed due to the fires today. White ash has rained down all day in west LA leaving a light coating of ash on cars, front stoops and sidewalks.

Fire Info & Resources

For school closures check out the LA UFSD home page.

For Skirball evacuation orders go here. For creek fire evacuation orders go here or follow the LAFD Twitter account (@LAFD).

You can also get updates from the city of LA’s homepage here.

LA Fire Images and Video

 

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