Wildfires lead to hellish scenes for Los Angeles commuters

Wildfires make for a smokey morning on Venice beach

Mandatory evacuations are under way in Bel Air as the brush fire erupted near the Getty Center and climbed up the hillside.

This map, published by the Daily News, shows where the fire is burning right now-and how close it is to landmarks such as the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center.

Stunned motorists found the hillside ablaze and gridlock below as fire raced towards the homes of numerous city's rich and famous. Homes in the area were being evacuated, including those on Bundy Canyon Road and Mandeville Canyon Road.

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Estimated at 50 acres and fueled by 25 miles per hour winds, the blaze was expected to grow, Los Angeles authorities told the newspaper.

According to a report from the museum on its Twitter account Wednesday morning, "Air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke".

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.

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They have also been posting images of the inferno as it devastates Los Angeles. There is now a mandatory evacuation zone for residents on either side of the 405 freeway, map is below.

California is once again on fire, with a blazing inferno - called the Skirball Fire - tearing through the Sepulveda Pass of Los Angeles. Six fixed-wing aircraft and a number of helicopters were deployed to the scene, Garcetti said. Some 100,000 people have evacuated already, and Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said crews would likely be battling the blaze for days.

A fire east of the 405 freeway near the Getty Center has closed the 405 freeway in both directions north of the 10 freeway, says the LA Times.

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All three fires were driven by the strongest seasonal Santa Ana winds so far this year.

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