Clear Skies After Skirball Fire Scorches Bel Air Foothills
A Twitter video went viral on Wednesday, December 6, showing traffic moving along a stretch of Interstate 405 near the Getty Center, as the Skirball Fire burned through the foothills west of the road and darkened the sky with smoke.
To some commenters, the scene looked apocalyptic, while others compared it to Mordor, the fictional, fire-filled region controlled by the evil Sauron in JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.
However, drivers on the same stretch of road a day later were met with a very different scene.
This video was shared by Angelina Akkad on Thursday, December 7, and though the foothills have been blackened by fire, no flames are seen and the sky is clear and bright.
Despite the relatively calm scenes along the 405 on Thursday, mandatory evacuation orders remained in place for areas to the west of the road, where the fire was burning the day before.
Officials also told those east of the 405 to be ready to leave, should they be required to.
By noon on Thursday, the fire was spread across 475 acres and was 20 percent contained. Credit: Instagram/angelinaakkad via Storyful.