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The Skirball Fire: Photos and Video from Ground Zero (Updating)

Jeff Hall

Posted on December 6, 2017 12:19

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I live very close to the Skirball Center (and The Getty). Here are two pictures I just took, plus a link to an amazing video someone shared with me. We just got a photo sent from Ventura, included here.

My phone squawked with that "Amber Alert" signal early this morning, shortly before 6 a.m. -- fire had broken out in the Sepulveda Pass, where The Getty Center, The Skirball Center and the 405 freeway all meet.

The Getty Center is the building in the lower middle of this shot.

My wife and I stepped outside, it was dark, there was definitely smoke in the air. 

Now that it's light outside (around 9:30 a.m.), I see little snowflakes of ash floating to the ground. 

I estimate I am maybe three miles away from the fire.  The sirens are going non-stop. 

I can't get that close to the scene -- nor do I want to interfere with firefighting activities -- but I did drive over to a corner of Brentwood, where there's a pretty good view of The Getty from down below. 

You can see The Getty Center toward the bottom middle of the photos; the smoke is coming from the other (east) side of the 405, on the Bel-Air side. 

I have a friend who lives very close to the fire, on Linda Flora Drive, whose residents were told to evacuate early this morning.

I called her shortly after I got the Amber Alert and she was completely asleep.  I told her she and her husband can stay with us if needed.  I haven't heard anything from her yet.

 

12:40 p.m.

I will be updating this posting from time to time.  The following items were added around 12:40 p.m.

Check out this rather amazing video:

https://www.facebook.com/barstoolsports/videos/10156076486147502/

Here's a story I just found via THE LATEST that reports the Moraga Estates vineyard is on fire.  I could drive there in five minutes from where I live.  I was just there recently:

https://thelatest.com/story/wildfire-whats-rage-heres-6209633

My ex-wife, Dr. Sue Hall, lives up in Ventura.  Here's quite the photo she just took -- a five minute walk from her house:

Photo taken in Ventura, about an hour and 45 minutes northwest of Los Angeles.   Photo by Sue Hall, M.D.  Dr. Hall used to live on Linda Flora Drive, in Bel-Air, which was evacuated this morning.  

 

 

Jeff Hall

Posted on December 6, 2017 12:19

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