LAFD: Skirball Fire caused by illegal cooking fire at encampment

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Flames from the Skirball Fire roar up a hillside in the Bel Air area on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.
Flames from the Skirball Fire roar up a hillside in the Bel Air area on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.
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LOS ANGELES -- The Skirball Fire in the Bel Air area was caused by an illegal cooking fire at a nearby encampment, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Fire officials released a statement on Tuesday, saying investigators have determined that the blaze was caused by an illegal cooking fire at an encampment in a brush area adjacent to where Sepulveda Boulevard crosses under the 405 Freeway.

VIDEO: Skirball Fire destroys homes near Getty Center

The Skirball Fire, which erupted last Wednesday in the Sepulveda Pass near the Getty Center, burned 422 acres of grass and brush, destroyed six homes and damaged 12 others in the Bel Air area.

The fire is currently 85 percent contained with 69 fire personnel still working on scene to achieve 100 percent containment, LAFD officials said.

PHOTOS: Skirball fire burns in the Sepulveda Pass near Getty Center

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The bedroom of a home is engulfed in flames from the Skirball fire along Linda Flora Drive on December 6, 2017 in Bel-Air, California. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The blaze triggered evacuations, road and school closures in the area. All mandatory evacuations and road closures have since been lifted, fire officials said.

Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a local state of emergency in response to the Skirball Fire, as he had done in connection with the Creek Fire near Sylmar and Lake View Terrace.

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