The blaze in Bel Air dubbed the Skirball Fire broke out early this morning, chewing through 475 acres and forcing mandatory evacuations for 46,000 residents. At last count, 15 structures were damaged or destroyed.
The fire is blazing east of the 405 Freeway, portions of which were closed earlier today as the inferno raced alongside it. It was closed from the 10 to the 101, creating a creepy visual during what would normally be rush hour on the famously packed freeway.
The fire is still burning and is only 5 percent contained. Winds were relatively calm today but are expected to ramp up tonight, which fire officials say will likely fuel existing fires.
Below, we’ve collected 15 photos of the fire as it grew.
A post shared by Elizabeth Margaret Baudouin (@elizabethbaudouin) on Dec 6, 2017 at 3:28pm PST
A post shared by Benny Fillo (@bennyfillo) on Dec 6, 2017 at 5:18pm PST
A post shared by Matt Gutman (@mattgutmanabc) on Dec 6, 2017 at 4:51pm PST
A post shared by ABC7 Southern California (@abc7la) on Dec 6, 2017 at 9:18am PST
A post shared by Milo Mitchell (@milosees) on Dec 6, 2017 at 2:27pm PST
— Amy K Rogers (@Amy_KRogers) December 6, 2017
— Joe Mendez (@jamraiders95) December 6, 2017
A post shared by Sanaz Khoubnazar DMD (@drsanazik) on Dec 6, 2017 at 7:29am PST
— Lesina Gaea (@xoLesina) December 6, 2017
Picture of #skirballfire taken by colleague from the office in Mid-City today; looking westward. (I stayed put and worked remotely from home.) Thank you to our local heroes fighting this fire and others burning concurrently across Southern California.
A post shared by Aric Bayer (@aricbayer) on Dec 6, 2017 at 5:01pm PST
— Matt Smith (@mlsutah) December 6, 2017
Not the typical morning commute… pic.twitter.com/kJIOQeqsIK
— A. Mutzabaugh CMT (@WLV_investor) December 6, 2017
A post shared by LA County Fire Air Operations (@lacofireairops) on Dec 6, 2017 at 2:14pm PST
Here’s the view I woke up to today. This was taken around 7am. Fortunately, my very kind friends helped me to evacuate from the school. I’m now safe in OC. But I hope the #SkirballFire doesn’t hit my school! #abc7eyewitness
A post shared by Brytanya ✨ (@britie_le_kirby) on Dec 6, 2017 at 10:33am PST