Skirball Fire burns 150 acres near Getty Museum

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A fast-moving brush fire that broke out early this morning in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar has charred about 4,000 acres, burning structures and forcing mandatory evacuations.

Around 5 a.m. we learned reports of a 10-acre fire burning near the Getty Museum.

The SigAlert was expanded at 6:45 a.m., shutting down the freeway in both directions from the 10 Freeway to the 101 Freeway, the CHP stated.

"All of a sudden I see from the other side fire came to our side, so scary", said Adrine Davityan, who owns a home in Shadow Hills.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, it is 0% contained, .

Meanwhile, the Rye Fire grew 2,000 acres overnight to 7,000 acres and spread from Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County, to the edge of Ventura County. A precautionary evacuation area is west of the 405 Freeway and residents in that area should be ready to go, LAPD said.

The winds were part of the season's "strongest and longest" Santa Ana event. California Gov. Jerry Brown also declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. By noon Wednesday it had scorched 14,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 110,000 people.

"We're in the middle of a weeklong red flag condition".

"With winds like these, it can be anything", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. 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.

"This fire is very unsafe and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said. Santa Monica-Malibu schools are all closed, in addition to most private schools in the area such as John Thomas Dye and Buckley.

Fifty-two Los Angeles Unified School District schools and another 40 charter schools citywide will be closed amid smoky air through Friday in response to the Skirball Fire and other blazes in the area, a district official said.

UCLA has also announced that it has canceled classes for Thursday.

The winds might die down during sunlight Wednesday, but they're expected to pick up in the evening and Thursday - perhaps as gusty as 50 miles per hour, posing a risk of further spread.

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