Getty Center Threatened by California Wildfire

Many homes burn in Bel-Air

Last Updated: December 6, 2017 @ 12:36 PM

A wildfire near the Getty Cultural Center has caused a complete shutdown of the 405 Freeway between the 101 and 10 freeways in Los Angeles, according to Caltrans.

The fire started early Wednesday morning, and several homes in nearby Bel-Air are also on fire. The fire department has issued mandatory evacuations for the neighborhood. All homes between Mulholland Drive on the north, Sunset Boulevard on the south, Roscomare Road on the east and the 405 freeway on the west are ordered to evacuate.

The Skirball Fire, as it’s being called, is fueled by twenty-five mile per hour Santa Ana winds and has burned more than 50 acres. This fire comes after three devastating fires Tuesday in Ventura and Santa Clarita, both cities just north of Los Angeles.

Santa Monica-Malibu, Los Angeles Unified School District and Conejo Unified School District closed on Wednesday, along with Oakwood School and Marymount High School.

The museum is keeping artwork safe from smoke thanks to air filtrations systems, the Getty Museum said on Twitter Wednesday morning.