Homes burn as wildfires rage in ritzy Los Angeles neighborhoods

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The blaze, named the Skirball Fire, erupted just before dawn Wednesday on the steep slopes of Sepulveda Pass through the Santa Monica Mountains, endangering multimillion dollar homes on the ridge tops as well as the world-renowned Getty Center art complex, which remained closed Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles County firefighters from station 28 attack a fire that broke out Wednesday morning at the Wildlife Waystation at the Creek fire which has burned more than 11,000 acres and destroyed at least 30 structures.

A fire east of the 405 freeway near the Getty Center has closed the 405 freeway in both directions north of the 10 freeway, says the LA Times.

Mass evacuations have been issued for residents who live in Little Tujunga Canyon.

Padilla said she was woken up at approximately 4 the Los Angeles County Fire Department's orders to evacuate immediately.

So far the fire in Ventura County has burned 31,000 acres and has forced 27,000 thousand people to evacuate.

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The fire threatened homes toward the top of the hill on the east side of the freeway. As of 5:40 a.m., zero percent of the blaze has been contained.

"We have no reports of any civilian fatalities or injuries, which speaks to the fact people are evacuating", county Fire Chief Daryl Osby said.

But by early Tuesday afternoon, the eastern boundary of the evacuation area had been expanded to the Haynes Canyon area.

Large-animal evacuation centers at Pierce College, the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and Hansen Dam Recreation Area quickly reached capacity. The area from Sayre Street to the 5 and 14 freeways split was under voluntary evacuation, according to L.A. Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell.

- for small animals, West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St.; East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.; and Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd, Sunland/Tujunga.

Helicopters and six air tankers made water drops as a thick pall of smoke wafted across the city. Authorities temporarily closed the freeway, leaving many unable to get to their jobs.

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