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As Fires Spread Across Los Angeles, Museums and Galleries Close

As Fires Spread Across Los Angeles, Museums and Galleries Close

The Skirball fire - near a cultural center of the same name and captured in apocalyptic images - also prompted authorities to close the 405 Freeway, a major commuting corridor famous for its traffic congestion. Those winds have since settled down, according to Curbed, but mandatory evacuation orders were issued for an area of Bel Air south of Mulholland Drive, North Sunset Boulevard, the 405 and west of Roscomare Road, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Residents in Sullivan Canyon and Mandeville Canyon were told to be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.

Karen Misraje, a partner and branch manager with Partners' Trust, now part of Pacific Union International, and president of the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors, said firefighters would be informed by the 1961 fire in Bel-Air.

"We are losing some property and that is tragic, but the most important thing is peoples' lives", said City Councilman Paul Koretz. Residents living west of the 405 should brace for evacuations as well in the event the flames cross the freeway.

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Shashi Kapoor was cremated with state honours at the Santa Cruz crematorium on Tuesday with a three-gun salute by Mumbai Police. In a statement, the BBC said: "BBC News at Ten is very sorry the wrong images were used to mark the death of Shashi Kapoor ".

It remained unclear whether there were any injuries resulting from the Thomas Fire. The museum had already announced Tuesday that it would be closed today due to smoke from other area fires. This is now the fifth fire burning in the region.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, freeing state funds and resources to assist the more than 1,000 firefighters battling the flames around the clock. At this point, at least 16,000 acres of land in LA county have burned. The Creek Fire, meanwhile, spread to about 11,000 acres and was also zero percent contained.

Just north in Ventura County the Thomas blaze continued unabated, after erupting in the hills of oak and scrub north of Santa Paula, powered by strong seasonal guests known as Santa Ana winds. Wind speeds could increase in the coming days, reaching as much as 60 miles per hour through Thursday, officials said. The Skirball Fire is in mostly residential areas causing evacuation, and UCLA students were given the option to go to class.


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