Westside Restaurants Determine Whether to Open or Close During Skirball Fire

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The 50-acre fire was first reported at about 4:50 a.m. on the east side of the northbound lanes, where there are a number of schools and condominium complexes, across the freeway from Skirball Center Drive.

UPDATE (9:50 am) Up to 150 acres and 0% contained. There were no injuries yet reported, according to KABC-TV. A massive wildfire, named the Skirball fire, has overtaken some of the area near the roadway and has threatened residents nearby.

This map, published by the Daily News, shows where the fire is burning right now-and how close it is to landmarks such as the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center.

Stewart said officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were arriving in the neighborhood to handle any potential evacuation orders. "Residents of Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should be prepared for evacuation the department said". "Watching through the windows, there is a lot of smoke", said Berry, who fled his home immediately to a safe area.

Citywide, about 600 officers were assigned to coordinate security and various "firefighting events, " Beck said.

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The latest California fires come just two months after wildfires in the northern part of the state were blamed for an estimated $3 billion in damage. About 700 firefighters responded to what was labeled the Creek Fire.

For the second time in as many months, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District will be sending a strike team out of District to assist other agencies in fighting fires. Six fixed-wing aircraft were requested from Cal Fire. "We are a resilient city, we are a strong city, we are a capable city".

NBC Los Angeles reporting Fox News chief Rupert Murdoch's $30-million vineyard estate is on fire.

More than 600 firefighters battled the blaze amid strong Santa Ana winds, some gusting at 70 miles per hour.

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