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Skirball Fire reaches 50 percent containment as residents head home

Firefighters work to save burning houses along Linda Flora Drive during the Skirball Fire in Los Angeles, California, Dec. 6, 2017.
Firefighters work to save burning houses along Linda Flora Drive during the Skirball Fire in Los Angeles, California, Dec. 6, 2017.
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Updated 6:07 p.m.

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The Skirball Fire in the Bel Air area held at 475 acres burned in a late Friday update, but jumped from 30 to 50 percent containment, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Some evacuations remain in effect, with officials saying that they will be re-evaluated on Saturday.

Six structures have been destroyed, and 12 have been damaged, according to LAFD. Two firefighters  received minor injuries.

The Skirball Fire broke out Wednesday along the 405 Freeway at Mulholland Drive shortly before 5 a.m., threatening homes and prompting evacuation orders for thousands of people in a 3.2 mile area across the freeway from the Getty Center.

Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said that for the first time, the fire department used drones to assess property and to use infrared technology to detect hotspots for firefighters to target. 

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Many residents who had been evacuated were allowed to return to their homes Thursday night. 

https://twitter.com/k8hutton/status/939193075884204032

EVACUATIONS

City officials created an interactive map with evacuation, shelter, and school closure information for the Skirball and Creek fires.

These streets are still under mandatory evacuation orders:

This street is open to residents only:

These streets have been opened with no access restriction:

KPCC created a map of the fire's perimeter, using information from fire officials:  

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/embed?mid=1mTkCDHJqBbKGBObBeDz6M_JvDeIeioN3

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Los Angeles Unified School District is keeping a list of area schools that have been closed in response to the wildfires. 

The district pointed to a list of recreation centers throughout the city that will have extended hours and activities for students. 

https://twitter.com/LASchools/status/938974195467218944

The district will also provide meals for students who need them on Friday and Saturday, between 11:30 and 3 p.m. 

Those meals will be available at the following schools, according to LAUSD:

UCLA has returned to normal operations, according to a press release.

https://twitter.com/UCLAnewsroom/status/939183335175200768

ASK US YOUR QUESTIONS

KPCC journalists are covering the fires burning across Southern California and are working hard to answer community members' questions. Let us know what you need to know below.

 
 

This story has been updated.