The fire is now estimated at 50,500 acres and is being pushed by strong east winds.
No injuries or structural damage is reported, although some homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood and the Getty Center are threatened.
Murdoch lives in the 7,500-square-foot house with his wife Jerry Hall. "Residents of Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should be prepared for evacuation the department said".
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The exception to the evacuation order was the Bel Air Crest housing development, which was not threatened, Garcetti said. He grabbed some photos, his computer and some artwork, and was planning to stay with his mother-in-law in the interim.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said they're trying to "stop this fire before it becomes something bigger" like the Bel Air fire of 1961.
About 2,500 homes are still under threat and about 900 firefighters are battling the blaze, said Los Angeles County fire inspector Gustavo Medina.
For the second time in as many months, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District will be sending a strike team out of District to assist other agencies in fighting fires. That blaze destroyed about 500 homes and led to various policy changes, including a prohibition on wood-shingle roofs and the strict requirement to remove brush from around properties.
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The freeway was likely to be impacted for the rest of the morning, Stewart said. Winds were about 15 miles per hour.
Large-animal evacuation centers at Pierce College, the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and Hansen Dam Recreation Area quickly reached capacity.
Southern California faces another day of horrifying fire and destruction as the devastating Skirball fire moves west toward Los Angeles. Firefighting crews set up on the southbound side of the 405 to prevent the fire from jumping the freeway, and northbound vehicles were being turned back.
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The Foothill (210) Freeway was closed in both directions between the Golden State (5) Freeway on the west and the Glendale (2) Freeway and aren't expected to be reopened until at least later this morning. 220 Firefighters on scene.