New brush fire sets homes ablaze in Los Angeles' toniest neighborhoods

The fire burned through more than 6,000 acres claiming hundreds of valuable homes

The fire burned through more than 6,000 acres claiming hundreds of valuable homes

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for Casiano Road, Moraga and Linda Flora drives in Bel Air and Holmby Hills, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The Los Angeles Times reported that several homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood were seen burning as the fire continues to grow from 50 acres.

House with pool on fire

The entire Sepulveda Pass, both north and southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway, will be closed between the 101 and the 10 Freeway indefinitely. Residents of Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should also be prepared to evacuate. Along with the lack of much-needed rain, the Santa Ana winds have made it very hard to contain and put out the fires.

All homes between Mulholland Drive on the north, Sunset Boulevard on the south, Roscomare Road on the east and the 405 freeway on the west are ordered to evacuate. The eastbound and westbound entrances to the 405 Freeway from the 10 Freeway are closed as well.

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The Thomas Fire in Ventura County has scorched 65,000 acres while the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County had scorched 11,377 acres.

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

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The multiple wildfires in Southern California were spreading so fast in part due to what officials called the strongest Santa Ana winds of the season. The Skirball Fire is in mostly residential areas causing evacuation, and UCLA students were given the option to go to class.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, but flames were seen approaching several hillside homes amid 25 miles per hour winds. His Bel Air winery tweeted, "We are watching the situation unfold very carefully along with everyone else".

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Nicknamed the Skirball Fire, it was reported at 5 a.m. near Mulholland Drive, a five-minute drive from the Skirball Cultural Center.

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