More Than 100 Buildings Destroyed by Creek Fire; Blaze Reaches 80% Containment

150-Acre Skirball Fire Spurs Evacuations, Freeway Closures In California

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One was designated the Creek Fire, burning in the in the hilly Sylmar/Lakeview Terrace area of Los Angeles and another farther north was being called the Rye fire, near Santa Clarita. There is no word on containment at this time, Cal Fire said.

Residents of Los Angeles' wealthy Bel-Air neighbourhood have found their homes under threat after another wildfire erupted in California. Blake Chow reminded Southlanders that red flag parking restrictions were still in place in the Hollywood and West Los Angeles areas, which are meant to keep streets open for firefighting equipment. Another 70 homes and other buildings have been damaged. As the fire burned on Tuesday, the Foothill (210) Freeway was closed in both directions between the Golden State (5) Freeway and the Glendale (2) Freeway, but the freeway had been reopened by Wednesday afternoon, though some freeway ramps remained closed, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The exception to the evacuation order was the Bel- Air Crest housing development, which was not threatened, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck urged local residents to evacuate immediately if they were told to leave, noting that strong winds are expected to continue through at least Thursday.

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"We heard the fire engines before six o'clock this morning, and we said, 'Maybe we should start getting our stuff into the auto'".

Just up the hill from the Getty Center along the 405 freeway, the Skirball Cultural Center, a popular Jewish education institute with event space, has also closed due to fire.

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials survey damage after the Creek Fire near Sylmar scorched a hillside in a photo released by the Sheriff's Department on December 9, 2017.

The nearby University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) cancelled all classes on Thursday, despite the university campus lying outside the evacuation zone on the city's west side. Some fire officials said they are battling "hurricane-force" winds. A full list of closed schools is available at

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The fire was burning in the same general area as the devastating Bel-Air Fire of 1961.

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District closed all of its schools Wednesday and Thursday.

All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted, but 2,500 structures remain under threat, the fire department said.

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