Their luxury home in Bel-Air, which they had just put on the market three days ago, was "in the middle of it all", he said. The Creek Fire north of downtown Los Angeles has burned 11,000 acres, while the smaller Rye Fire burned 7,000 acres.
One resident who was evacuated told KTLA he was surprised at how quickly the winds shifted.
It was initially reported at six acres but quickly grew to 50 acres as crews worked against 25 miles per hour winds. Reporter Christina Salvo says the smoke is so thick on Casiano Drive that "we couldn't see the flames. we were seeing firefighters on peoples' balconies with firehoses trying to drench the vegetation below".
The entire Sepulveda Pass, both north and southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway, will be closed between the 101 and the 10 Freeway indefinitely.
Moraga Estate, the only working winery in Bel-Air and home of Twenty-First Century Fox and Fox News Chairman Rupert Murdoch, appears to be the latest casualty of wildfires spread by the Santa Ana winds in Southern California. All ramps along that stretch were also closed.
Mandatory Evacuations are in effect. That interconnectivity is what has prompted officials to warn residents of Mandeville Canyon and other areas in Brentwood to prepare for evacuation.
But by early Tuesday afternoon, the eastern boundary of the evacuation area had been expanded to the Haynes Canyon area.
The extent of the fires was captured on video as commuters drove along a freeway on Wednesday. Once those shelters reached capacity, pet owners were directed to take their large animals to the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. Los Angeles Mission College's Main Campus at 13356 Eldridge Ave. and the East Campus at 12890 Harding St., both in Sylmar, were closed for the day, but there was no immediate word if classes would resume today.