Wildfire burns homes, winery in LA's posh Bel-Air neighborhood

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a local state of emergency in response to the latest new fire, the 125-acre Skirball Fire, named for the cultural center near the 405 that was threatened, along with the affluent residential enclave of Bel Air. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for an area of Bel Air bounded to the north by Mulholland Drive, to the south by Sunset Boulevard, the 405 Freeway to the west and Roscomare Road to the East, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Three firefighters were injured and hospitalized in stable condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The fires in Southern California have quickly spread, forcing authorities to shut down the 405 freeway near the Getty Center.

"This area should be ReadySetGo and be prepared for possible evacuation for Skirball Fire in December 2017", a notification on Google Maps read. "We are a resilient city, we are a strong city, we are a capable city".

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Umansky, who has opened his home to one family and said another two were on their way, said the street most affected this morning was south Casiano Road in Bel-Air. Kim said, "I pray everyone in Los Angeles is safe from these fires and THANK YOU to all of the fire fighters working so hard to keep everyone safe!"

"This fire is very unsafe and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Rupert Murdoch's Bel Air home and winery are under threat from wildfires.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency over the area Tuesday, announcing: "This fire is very risky and spreading rapidly".

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Some 1,000 firefighters battled to save homes, with one suffering a minor injury, Welsbie said.

A viral tweet from a local investment professional showed hills of flame as far as the eye could see, a scene more overwhelming and fearsome than any disaster film out of nearby Hollywood.

'We are still in the middle of an aggressive and active firefight on the ground, ' said Robert Welsbie, spokesman for the Ventura Fire Department. Classes were canceled at all schools in the Ventura Unified School District on Wednesday.

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck warned that given the Santa Ana winds that are expected to continue through the week, fire and law enforcement officials will be stretched to the limit. The Creek Fire north of downtown Los Angeles has burned 11,000 acres, while the smaller Rye Fire burned 7,000 acres.

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The house, featured recently in Los Angeles Magazine, was in "immediate danger" he said.

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