The exception to the evacuation order was the Bel-Air Crest housing development, which was not threatened, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
The Los Angeles Fire Department uses a Burning Index rating to determine the level of fire danger/threat to the area.
The area battled gridlocked heavy traffic as ash and smoke churned over the smoldering hillside. Mandatory evacuations are in effect for the area.
One of several wildfires raging in the hills above Los Angeles is "directly across the freeway" from the Getty Center, the main campus of the J. Paul Getty Trust and home to the Getty Museum, according to the Trust's vice president for communications. Strong winds helped push the fire uphill, putting homes and residents in danger.
Wildfires are ripping through the Los Angeles area.
More than 50,000 Ventura County residents were evacuated from 15,000 homes in the first 24 hours of the conflagration. "These are also days that show the resilience of our city".
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The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District closed all of its schools Wednesday and Thursday. Air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke.
The wildfires sweeping through California have left countless homeowners and businesses scrambling as the blazes continue to grow out of control in various locations throughout the state.
The BI forecast for Wednesday into Thursday is 296 - the highest number the fire chief has ever seen.
ABC 7 reported 350 firefighters from 52 engine companies were stationed at the scene, supported by helicopters making water drops and six fixed-wing aircrafts.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it had released funds for relief services.