Yesterday saw the outbreak of multiple fires across southern California, threatening thousands of homes and businesses. Now, one of Los Angeles’ largest art collections is at risk.
Called the Skirball Fire, the blaze broke out near the Getty Center along the 405 Freeway in the early hours of the morning. The freeway was closed in response, and crews have been battling the blaze along the southbound side of the 405.
Mandatory evacuations have been called for the Bel-Air area, along Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive, and Casiano Road, down to Bellagio Road, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Evacuation centers have been established at Delano Recreation Center,
15100 Erwin St., Van Nuys; Balboa RC, 17015 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys; Sherman
Oaks RC, 14201 Huston St., Sherman Oaks; and Westwood RC, 1350 Sepulveda Blvd.,
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District closed all of its schools for the day in response, while Getty Center officials also announced that the museum would be closed
for the day.