Mayor Eric Garcetti said evacuation orders were affecting about 150,000 residents, but a Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman put the number at around 120,000.
As the fire burns northeast of the Getty Center and east of the 405 (San Diego) Freeway, the museum and other Center facilities are closed to the public. And an area south of the Foothill Freeway was ordered evacuated in Shadow Hills between Sunland Boulevard to the south, Wentworth Street to the north and Tuxford Street to the west, officials said. Some area restaurants chose to remain open amid the fire and smoke-filled skies, while others closed shop for the day.
The fire was first reported around 5 a.m.at the northbound 405 at Mulholland Drive. More than 350 firefighters from 52 engine companies were deployed to the scene, supported by helicopters that were making water drops, said LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas.
The fires in Southern California have quickly spread, forcing authorities to shut down the 405 freeway near the Getty Center.
It was reported at six acres but quickly grew to at least 50 acres as crews were working against 25 miles per hour winds.
Residents who had to evacuate from their homes described tense moments as the fires rapidly approached.
Nearly 200,000 people lost power in Ventura County on Tuesday, making it challenging for the 1,100 firefighters to put out the flames.
Another fire, dubbed the Creek Fire, raged near Sylmar and Kagel Canyon. This is now the fifth fire burning in the region. The fire burned more than 11,000 acres by Wednesday morning and had destroyed an estimated 30 homes, KTVU-TV reported.