The 405, a major freeway servicing Los Angeles, has completely shut down between the 101 and the 10 freeways due to the spreading fire.
NBC Los Angeles reporting Fox News chief Rupert Murdoch's $30-million vineyard estate is on fire. Officials have issued a mandatory evacuation notice to at least one neighborhood filled with multimillion-dollar homes, as the fire has already started burning some down.
That fire has now reached 96,000 acres, and officials fear the worst wind day so far this week in Southern California as the region battles major brushfires, scorching nearly 120,000 acres altogether.
Wind gusts blasting Los Angeles-area hilltops reached almost 70 miles per hour, officials said.
Some voluntary evacuations were recommended in the general area, including east of Veterans Park to Pacoima Canyon; Between Sayre and Polk streets north of the 210 Freeway; and between Polk and Bledsoe streets.
The winds were part of the season's "strongest and longest" Santa Ana event.
"We're in the middle of a weeklong red flag condition". While art lovers anxious when they heard that Los Angeles's Getty Center would be closing its doors this week, as the fires closed part of the 405 Freeway, there was a bit of good news. Officials said the fire has destroyed at least 150 buildings, including an evacuated mental health facility. The southbound lanes of the 405 freeway were reopened about 9 a.m., but the northbound lanes remained closed. The Creek Fire north of downtown Los Angeles has burned 11,000 acres, while the smaller Rye Fire burned 7,000 acres.
Though every museum has its own way of protecting the priceless works inside it, the Los Angeles Times notes that the Getty Center was constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the very kind of emergency it's now facing.
"We don't have a good feel on which direction this fire is heading", Stewart said. Santa Monica-Malibu schools are all closed, in addition to most private schools in the area such as John Thomas Dye and Buckley.
UCLA has also announced that it has canceled classes for Thursday.
Hundreds of firefighters, six fixed-wing aircraft and a number of helicopters were deployed quickly to the fire, a departure from the firefights in Sylmar, Santa Clarita and Ventura, where gusty Santa Ana winds kept crews on the ground.