Firefighters were said to be hiking up the hill from the Getty Center exit, with flames raging near the renowned art museum, next to the northbound 405 freeway, to survey the extent of the fires, which are reportedly zero percent contained.
"This area should be ReadySetGo and be prepared for possible evacuation for Skirball Fire in December 2017", a notification on Google Maps read.
Wind-driven fires have raced through California communities for the second time in two months, leaving hundreds of homes feared lost and uprooting tens of thousands of people.
The Skirball Fire in the area south of scenic Mulholland Drive and north of Sunset Boulevard is just one of several major out-of-control brush fires that have sprung up in Southern California since Monday, when Santa Ana wind conditions set in.
"These are days that break your heart", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said, according to the New York Times.
Rupert Murdoch's Bel Air home and winery are under threat from wildfires. The 405 North freeway remains closed between the 10 and the 101 freeways, making it challenging to access some local businesses.More news: Honor 7X officially launched in India, pricing starts at Rs. 12999
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The fire has destroyed at least 30 homes and scorched 11,377 acres, authorities said. One firefighter was hospitalized after a bulldozer rolled over in the Sunland- Tujunga area, but the injury was not considered to be life- threatening.
California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, freeing state funds and resources to assist firefighters.
More than 350 firefighters were deployed to the scene along with 52 fire engines and six aircraft, officials said.
The fire affected a number of schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The unsafe Santa Ana winds that have fanned fires across Southern California this week have diminished over the new LA fire but conditions are very dry, with just 9 per cent relative humidity. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) continued to warn that outages and downed-power lines could be widespread, reporting that overall outages dropped to about 2,900 Wednesday afternoon.
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck urged local residents to evacuate immediately if they were told to leave, noting that strong winds are expected to continue through at least Thursday.