The so-called Skirball Fire, which broke out Wednesday, is one of five blazes that have erupted in Southern California.
A raging brushfire erupted in Los Angeles early Wednesday morning, destroying several houses, prompting the closure of the 405 freeway, and forcing mandatory evacuations of residents in Bel-Air, whose homes were dangerously close to the blaze.
Los Angeles firefighters battle to contain flames to a burning home and prevent the fire's spread to adjoining properties in the Bel Air district of Los Angeles.
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At least four homes in Bel-Air — and possibly two more — were destroyed in the fire, officials said Wednesday.
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Around 220 to 300 firefighters battled the blaze, which is at zero containment.
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The fire, burning on the hills near the busy 405 freeway, prompted the closure of the northbound side of the major freeway for ours. Just before 2 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said all but two lanes on the northbound side were open.
Smoke from the Skirball Fire rises above the 405 Freeway on Dec. 6.
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NBC News reported that flames were also burning near the home and vineyard of media mogul Ruport Murdoch. Officials at the winery later issued a statement the winery was evacuated, but the home and vineyards had not been damaged.
Officials issued mandatory evacuations in the area, but several residents stayed behind, trying to keep flames away from their homes with water hoses.
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The Skirball Fire was the latest in a series of blazes in Southern California — fueled by the powerful Santa Ana winds — that have burned more than 83,000 acres, destroyed hundreds of homes and structures, and forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate.
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