The fire is northeast of the Getty Center and east of the San Diego Freeway. Residents for the area east of the 405, Mulholland to the North, Sunset to the South and Rosomare to the East were warned to prepare for an evacuation. Homes in the area were being evacuated, including those on Bundy Canyon Road and Mandeville Canyon Road. The Creek Fire north of downtown Los Angeles has burned 11,000 acres, while the smaller Rye Fire burned 7,000 acres.
The Los Angeles Times reports a ring of fire also formed around the hillside house where "Ring of Fire" singer Johnny Cash one lived.
According to the Times, the new fires covered as much as 50 acres by 6:20 a.m. PT, but Los Angeles fire officials say 25 miles per hour winds could make it spread.
Shortly after 6 a.m., mandatory evacuations were ordered for Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive, and Casiano Road, down to Bellagio Road, according to the LAFD.
The Skirball fire situation is rapidly evolving.
Santa Monica College, as well as American Jewish University and Marymount High School were closed.
The fire began as crews are spread across Southern California fighting several brush fires, including the Thomas Fire, the Creek Fire, and the Rye Fire. At least 1,000 firefighters were deployed to the scene. That blaze destroyed about 500 homes and led to various policy changes, including a prohibition on wood-shingle roofs and the strict requirement to remove brush from around properties.
The freeway was likely to be impacted for the rest of the morning, Stewart said.
It was accompanied by Santa Ana winds of 25 miles per hour, which have helped spur several devastating wildfires across Southern California this week. Helicopters on sight. Evacuation centers set up at rec centers.
UPDATE (9:00 am) SB Lanes of 405 from 101 to 10 now open. Needless to say, the Skirball Center will remain closed as well.