by Michael J. Shapiro | December 07, 2017
Four major wildfires continue to burn in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, leading to the temporary closure of some attractions and event venues. At present, the fires are all centered in residential areas: The Thomas fire is in Ventura County, about 64 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles; the Creek fire is in the San Fernando Valley, about 30 miles north of downtown L.A.; the Rye fire is about 40 miles northwest of L.A., and the Skirball fire is near the Getty Center. A smaller fire in Malibu, near Malibu high school, appears to be nearly under containment.
Evacuations and road closures are currently only in residential areas of Los Angeles, but at least half a dozen prominent attractions in the area are affected.
• The Getty Center and the Villa both are closed to the public to protect the collections from smoke.
• The Skirball Cultural Center is closed due to air-quality concerns.
• The Griffith Observatory will be open, but Western Canyon Road will be closed to car traffic from Fern Dell to the observatory. It will be open to bicycle and foot traffic, however. Stay tuned for further potential restrictions.
• The Discovery Cube LA is closed because a mandatory evacuation has been called in the Creek fire area.
• Six Flags Magic Mountain is closed and is scheduled reopen Dec. 9 for Holiday in the Park.
• The Hammer Museum galleries is closed to the public to protect the collections from smoke, but all other museum spaces remain open.
There are smoke advisories in effect for the San Fernando Valley and coastal areas, and unhealthy air quality is present in portions of the San Fernando Vally, Lake View Terrace, Sylmar, Malibu and Santa Monica. To subscribe to air quality alerts, advisories and forecasts, go to
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"Our thoughts are with first responders, our neighbors in Ventura County and the Los Angeles county residents currently impacted by wildfires," reads a statement from Discover Los Angeles.
Visitors to Los Angeles can click here to find regular wildfire updates, as well as a map of the fires.