Fire burning in Sepulveda Pass

Fire burning in Sepulveda Pass

Fire burning in Sepulveda Pass

Television footage showed the Bel-Air neighborhood home to celebrities and billionaires, where both entrepreneur Elon Musk and pop superstar Beyonce own property.

UPDATE: (7:10 a.m.) According to Los Angeles Mayor: 405 is closed in the Sepulveda Pass due to #SkirballFire east of the freeway.

The area was clogged with thick black smoke, forcing mandatory evacuations, road closures and school cancellations. The LA Fire Department has also urged residents to leave the area east of the 405, according to CNN: Mulholland drive to the north, Sunset Blvd to the south, and Roscomare to the East. Residents living west of the 405 should brace for evacuations as well in the event the flames cross the freeway.

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Mauricio Umansky, CEO of luxury real estate brokerage The Agency, was monitoring the situation from the safety of his home in Encino, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley, where he and his family recently moved.

Umansky, who has opened his home to one family and said another two were on their way, said the street most affected this morning was south Casiano Road in Bel-Air. "It looks like it is getting pummeled". "Right now there is no threat here but everywhere you go now, there are embers in the air; it's very hard to breathe, and it looks like the end of the world".

ABC 7 reported 350 firefighters from 52 engine companies were stationed at the scene, supported by helicopters making water drops and six fixed-wing aircrafts.

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Firefighters believe hundreds more have been damaged or destroyed but they won't know the full extent of the damage until they can get the fires under control.

The wind and the fires are expected to continue whipping up at least until the end of the day on Thursday, said Umansky.

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She tweeted, "Just evacuated my house". Kim said, "I pray everyone in Los Angeles is safe from these fires and THANK YOU to all of the fire fighters working so hard to keep everyone safe!" "Nothing has been damaged, but the air quality is very bad in Westwood today, so we're taking precautions".

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