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during a week of flames, upscale bel-air homes burn as fire roars through canyon

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during a week of flames, upscale bel-air homes burn as fire roars through canyon

the fires rampaging across southern california on wednesday ripped through a bel-air canyon in the hills above ucla, an elite enclave where backyard tennis courts are the norm and rupert murdoch owns a $30-million vineyard estate.as evening fell, the skirball fire had scorched 475 acres of thick chaparral, destroying four homes on moraga drive at the bottom of the canyon and casiano drive on its west ridge. eleven more houses had been damaged.the fire brought back memories of the 1961 bel-air fire, in which movie stars including maureen o’hara and fred macmurray fought to save their homes — a seminal event that fed apocalyptic visions of los angeles for decades to come.wednesday’s fire drew on another iconic aspect of l.a. life: a soul-crushing traffic jam on the 405 freeway.officials closed the freeway through sepulveda canyon, directly west of moraga canyon, from just after 5 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. with that artery closed, freeways and streets throughout the city clogged.genaro molina / los angeles timesthe bedroom of a home is engulfed in flames from the skirball fire along linda flora drive in bel-air.the bedroom of a home is engulfed in flames from the skirball fire along linda flora drive in bel-air. (genaro molina / los angeles times)smoke from the 11,000-acre creek fire near sylmar only added to the miserable situation; fires in santa clarita and ventura county also continued to burn through the dry landscape.in bel-air, helicopters chopped through the muck, dropp...