The Skirball Fire in LA Is Burning Down Rupert Murdoch's House

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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. A massive wildfire, named the Skirball fire, has overtaken some of the area near the roadway and has threatened residents nearby.

The number of destroyed structures was unknown due to the intensity of the fire, but officials had estimated about 150 buildings early Tuesday.

"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.

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.

About 125 firefighters and two helicopters were at the scene battling the blaze, Stewart said.

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

Residents who had to evacuate from their homes described tense moments as the fires rapidly approached.

Winds in the area were blowing at about 25 miles per hour, according to the Fire Department. The mayor declared a local state of emergency in response to the Skirball Fire, as he had done Tuesday in connection with the 11,000-acre Creek Fire near Sylmar and Lake View Terrace. Along with the lack of much-needed rain, the Santa Ana winds have made it very hard to contain and put out the fires.

The winds were part of the season's "strongest and longest" Santa Ana event.

After the fire began, the northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway were closed at Bel Air Crest Road all the way back to Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles.

A red-flag warning, which is for extreme weather conditions that could cause wildfires, is in effect until 8 p.m. PT Friday.

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