The Times also states that authorities have closed all northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway and all on-ramps onto the 405 north of the 10 Freeway. The evacuation order was later expanded, covering a large area bounded by Mulholland Drive to the north, Sunset Boulevard to the south, the 405 to the west and Roscomare Road on the east. It remained unclear whether any structures had been damaged or destroyed in the fire. Firefighters were battling on the scene, being supported by water-dropping helicopters.
The blaze was reported at 4:52 a.m. on the east side of the freeway near Mulholland Drive, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
As of press time, the fire is heading from the east toward the Getty Center and toward UCLA.
Videos of that 50-acre blaze, dubbed the Skirball Fire because of its proximity to the Skirball Cultural Center, showed bright flames glowing ominously close to motorists.
"We expect to be out here all week fighting and containing this fire", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. Crews were working against 25 miles per hour winds, though authorities said the fire was traveling uphill and was driven by the landscape and not the wind.
Sylmar resident Virginia Padilla, whose family owns a ranch in Sylmar, told NBC4 the fire killed at least 30 of the ranch's horses.
"This has only just begun", said Terrazas. Firefighters worked against high winds, hampering their ability to contain the fires.
Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen, who both have homes in Los Angeles, took to Twitter to discuss the fires.
A red-flag warning, which is for extreme weather conditions that could cause wildfires, is in effect until 8 p.m. PT Friday.