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

According to Curbed LA, the fire began at 4 a.m. burning 150 acres.

More than 125 firefighters and helicopters dropping water were on the scene of the 405 freeway near the Getty Center, an art complex that draws almost 2 million visitors annually.

Los Angeles Mission College's Main Campus at 13356 Eldridge Ave. and the East Campus at 12890 Harding St., both in Sylmar, were closed for the day.

Los Angeles Fire Fighters are fighting a fire that erupted Tuesday morning due to Santa Ana winds and has already burned 2,500 acres in Sylmar County. About 700 firefighters responded to what was labeled the Creek Fire.

Hundreds of homes have been destroyed and a further 12,000 buildings and structures are threatened by Thomas alone, officials said. Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas told Curbed over 500 homes were lost in that tragic fire.

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Karen Misraje, a partner and branch manager with Partners' Trust, now part of Pacific Union International, and president of the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors, said firefighters would be informed by the 1961 fire in Bel-Air. There is now a mandatory evacuation zone for residents on either side of the 405 freeway, map is below. Fixed-wing aircraft are unable to fly and gusts of up to 45 miles per hour are being felt, LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas said.

It has been reported that Rupert Murdoch's Bel Air estate is in the line of fire.

An unknown number of homes were destroyed by the blaze, according to LAFD. The 405 Freeway in Bentwood has been closed as crews try to tend to the blaze. The 210 interchange with the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway was also closed.

Evacuation centers have been established at Delano Recreation Center, 15100 Erwin St., Van Nuys; Balboa RC, 17015 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys; Sherman Oaks RC, 14201 Huston St., Sherman Oaks; and Westwood RC, 1350 Sepulveda Blvd., Westwood.

"Driving to LAX just as they're closing the 405 for this roaring hillside fire near the Getty exit", Rebecca Keegan, the Vanity Fair correspondent tweeted Wednesday.

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