Homes on Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive, Casiano Road down to Bellagio Road, east of the 405, south of Mulholland Drive, North of Sunset Boulevard and west of Roscomare Road are now under mandatory evacuation orders.
The Skirball fire began as a brush fire that erupted overnight and quickly spread, creating an alarming spectacle for pre-dawn commuters on the hillsides east of Interstate 405 before the California Highway Patrol closed the heavily traveled freeway.
In addition to the mandatory evacuations, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart says a wider area on the east side of the pass has been advised to get ready in case of evacuation orders. "These are also days that show the resilience of our city".
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.
"It's a very hard moment, but we will get through this", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Tuesday, the New York Post reported. Over 125 firefighters have been on the scene, and water-dropping helicopters are reportedly being used to quench the flames.
A number of wildfires were burning in the Los Angeles County area, but the Sylmar "Creek Fire" was the biggest.
The Thomas Fire raged in the foothills above and in the city of Ventura some 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, fire officials said late Tuesday.
Some 1,000 firefighters battled to save homes, with one suffering a minor injury, Welsbie said. Along with the lack of much-needed rain, the Santa Ana winds have made it very hard to contain and put out the fires.
California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, freeing state funds and resources to assist firefighters. "With winds like this, it can be anything", Garcetti said, referring to the powerful Santa Ana winds that continued to blow across the region. 4 structures confirmed destroyed, may be up to 6.This all according to Los Angeles Mayor.
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. Residents living west of the 405 should brace for evacuations as well in the event the flames cross the freeway.