SKIRBALL FIRE: Emergency Information and Updates

Homes burning in Bel-Air as 150-acre fire closes the 405 Freeway and forces evacuations - LA Times




On Wednesday December 6, 2017, at 4:52 a.m., LAFD firefighters responded to a report of a brush fire located at the Northbound 405 Freeway at Mulholland Drive. Upon arrival, firefighters found 6 acres burning uphill in medium to heavy brush with winds at 25 miles per hour. We have over 350 LAFD firefighters assigned to the Skirball Fire with additional resources from neighboring agencies. The current wind conditions are favorable at 15mph;

SIZE / CONTAINMENT: 475 acres 20% containment.

The fire is at a standstill and is staying within the perimeter that LAFD needs in order to effectively put out this fire.

No reported injuries

At least 4 structures damaged

Freeway closures: NORTHBOUND 405 Freeway is now open!
Road closures: Please follow LAPD twitter account (@LAPDHQ) for latest road closure information.



MANDATORY EVACUATION for area east of 405 Fwy South of Mulholland Dr, West of Roscomare Rd, and North of Sunset Blvd.

EVACUATION ADVISORY issued for areas west of the 405 Freeway. Be prepared to evacuate in the areas west of the 405, between Mulholland to the North, Sunset Blvd to the South and Mandeville Canyon Road to the West. An advisory means residents should be prepared to evacuate immediately if ordered to do so. For information on how to prepare for an evacuation, go to




Delano Recreation Center, 15100 Erwin

Balboa Recreation Center, 17015 Burbank

Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Recreation Center, 14201 Huston


Westwood Recreation Center, 1350 Sepulveda

Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, 2551 Motor Ave

LARGE animals: Antelope Valley Fairgrounds (2551 W Ave L, Lancaster), Fairplex (1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona)
SMALL animals: Any City of Los Angeles animal shelter will hold your pet during the evacaution period (




SMOKE ADVISORY ISSUED FOR SAN FERNANDO VALLEY: The Southern California Air Quality Management District has issued a Smoke Advisory for the San Fernando Valley, including Sylmar and Lake View Terrace. More information: 

UNHEALTHY AIR QUALITY ALERT: LA County Public Health has issued an advisory regarding unhealthy air quality in the San Fernando Valley and LA County Coastal Areas. More information:….

LAUSD SCHOOL CLOSURES AND EVACUATIONS: A number of schools in the Northeast San Fernando Valley are closed due to unsafe conditions related to the brush fire near Sylmar. For the latest details, go to:

HOW TO CLEAN UP AFTER A BRUSH FIRE: The Los Angeles County Interim Health Officer advises all individuals to take precautions during clean-up following a fire. Ash, soot, dust, and other airborne particles may have been deposited inside and outside of homes and businesses. While ash from wildfires is relatively non-toxic and similar to ash that may be found in a home fireplace, it may be irritating to the skin, nose and throat. Exposure to ash in air might trigger asthmatic attacks in people who already have asthma. For more information, go to:….

What To Put in An Emergency Kit

For Seniors

    • Store your supplies in a bag or container that has wheels.
    • Keep support items, such as wheelchairs and walkers, in a designated place so they can be found quickly.
    • Label any equipment, such as wheelchairs, canes, or walkers, with your name, address, and phone numbers.
    • Medical supplies (prescriptions, syringes, etc.)
    • Keep hearing aids and other assistive devices (with extra batteries) in your By the Bed Kit.
    • Learn more about preparedness for seniors here:

For Children

    • Baby food (bottles, formula, baby food)
    • Diapers and wipes
    • Games, activities, and favorite toys
    • Favorite non-perishable snacks and treats

For People with Disabilities

    • Information about the style and serial numbers of the assistive devices you use
    • Medical alert tags or bracelets or written descriptions of your disability and support needs, in case you are unable to describe the situation in an emergency
    • Medical insurance cards, Medicare/Medicaid cards, physician contact information
    • List of your allergies and health history; if you have allergies or chemical sensitivities, be sure to include items that you are able to use for personal hygiene and cleanup
    • List of local non-profit or community-based organizations that know you or assist people with access and functional needs similar to yours
    • Backup supplies for any visual aids you use
    • Extra hearing aids, if you have them, and extra batteries for hearing aids./span>
    • Battery chargers for motorized wheelchairs or other battery-operated medical/assistive technology devices
    • Supplies for your service animal.
    • A laminated personal communication board, if you might need assistance with being understood or understanding others
    • If you use a motorized wheelchair, have a light weight manual chair available for emergencies. Know the size and weight of your wheelchair, in addition to whether or not it is collapsible, in case it has to be transported.

For Pets

    • Medications and medical records (stored in a waterproof container) and a First Aid kit.
    • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that your animals can’t escape.
    • Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.
    • Food, drinkable water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and manual can opener.
    • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets.
    • Pet bed or toys if easily transportable.
    • A list of “pet friendly” places, animal shelters, or boarding facilities, including phone numbers (pets are not permitted in Red Cross shelters).
    • The ASPCA recommends using a rescue sticker alert to let people know that pets are inside your home.

Comfort Items

    • A deck of cards or other games (you might need to pass long hours without electricity).
    • Non-perishable snacks and treats (dried fruit and nuts, candy, etc.).
    • Comfort items and toys if you have children.
    • Any other items that would make your family feel secure in an emergency.

Additional Supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area;

  • Whistle
  • N95 or surgical masks
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach (For sanitizing water)
  • Entertainment items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags



Source LAFD LA Emergency Department Red Cross

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