Westside Restaurants Determine Whether to Open or Close During Skirball Fire

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Rupert Mudoch's winery is among the multi-million dollar properties under threat

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for homes on Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive and Casiano Road down to Bellagio Road. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so". It remained unclear whether any structures had been damaged or destroyed in the fire.

Mauricio Umansky, CEO of luxury real estate brokerage The Agency, was monitoring the situation from the safety of his home in Encino, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley, where he and his family recently moved.

At noon, there was no containment of any of the blazes.

More than 125 firefighters and helicopters dropping water were on the scene of the 405 freeway near the Getty Center, an art complex that draws almost 2 million visitors annually. About 700 firefighters responded to what was labeled the Creek Fire. The northbound side of the 405 was shut down about 5 a.m. In Ventura County, the Thomas Fire spread to over 50,000 acres as of early Wednesday morning. Gov. Heavy, gray smoke from the fires was visible across Los Angeles. Along with the lack of much-needed rain, the Santa Ana winds have made it very hard to contain and put out the fires.

UPDATE: (5:50 a.m.) Fire now burning 50 acres.

By midday, the fire had burned 11,000 acres and jumped the 210 Freeway.

As Southern California firefighters continue their struggle to contain fires throughout Los Angeles and surrounding counties on Wednesday, commuters found themselves driving next to raging fires that now are threatening the Westwood, Brentwood and Bel-Air neighborhoods of West L.A. Three helicopters, 90 engines and two bulldozers were also deployed, according to the Forest Service.

Cal Fire has been explaining the hazards of the fire and the effects of wind on the blaze.

Power outages were widespread. Both were closed for the day, as was Santa Monica College and all schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district.

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