The Skirball Fire in LA Is Burning Down Rupert Murdoch's House

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According to LAPD: Residents by Casiano Rd, Moraga, & Linda Flora in West Los Angeles being evacuated/are evacuated for the 405 brush fire.

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. The Skirball Fire is in mostly residential areas causing evacuation, and UCLA students were given the option to go to class.

The fires in Southern California have quickly spread, forcing authorities to shut down the 405 freeway near the Getty Center.

The area is in the vicinity of the devastating 1961 "Bel Air fire" that destroyed about 500 homes. Crews were working against 25 miles per hour winds, though authorities said the fire was traveling uphill and was driven by the landscape and not the wind. Firefighters were battling on the scene, being supported by water-dropping helicopters. 220 Firefighters on scene.

"We don't have a good feel on which direction this fire is heading", Stewart said. The fire jumped the 210 Freeway and burned in Shadow Hills to the south, where residents scrambled to evacuate hundreds of horses, alpacas and other animals. The mayor declared a local state of emergency in response to the Skirball Fire, as he had done Tuesday in connection with the 11,000-acre Creek Fire near Sylmar and Lake View Terrace.

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

LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas noted that red flag conditions are expected to remain in effect at least through Friday, with gusting Santa Ana winds presenting a continuing danger of rapidly spreading blazes.

"This has only just begun", he said Tuesday.

Strong winds were hindering the deployment of firefighting aircraft, according to fire officials.

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