Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Culture | By Marion Pratt

Celebrities React to Los Angeles Wildfires

Celebrities React to Los Angeles Wildfires

The Los Angeles Times reported that several homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood were seen burning as the fire continues to grow from 50 acres.

Hundreds of US firefighters were battling to save homes Tuesday as a dynamic brush fire driven by strong winds exploded to at least 4,000 acres in hours in Southern California. The Skirball Fire is in mostly residential areas causing evacuation, and UCLA students were given the option to go to class. The media mogul purchased the estate in 2013 for $28.8 million, according to Bloomberg.

The fire was zero percent contained as of Wednesday morning, Terrazas said. Firefighting crews set up on the southbound side of the 405 to prevent the fire from jumping the freeway, and northbound vehicles were being turned back.

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As the fire expanded and jumped south of the 210 Freeway, so did the mandatory evacuation area. Roughly 30 structures have been destroyed, 20 in the Kagel Canyon area and 10 in the city of Los Angeles, L.A. fire officials said. Many were evacuated from the nearby homes, including Chelsea Handler.

More than 1,000 firefighters are trying to battle the blaze but can not enter the area "due to the intensity of the fire", county officials said. Six fixed-wing aircraft and a number of helicopters were deployed to the scene, Garcetti said. He joined a chorus of officials urging residents to immediately evacuate if they are told to do so. Homes in the Santiago Estates development in Sylmar were visibly burned.

As homes are destroyed or damaged in the area, there will likely be an uptick in lease and rental demand, said Umansky, though the rental vacancy rate in Bel-Air and Brentwood area is very low.

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Power was reported out at one point to more than 250,000 customers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Two evacuation centers were opened: Sylmar Recreation Center at 13109 Borden Sylmar, and Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick Sunland.

The mayor urged residents to heed orders to evacuate - saying, "Do not wait".

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