Los Angeles fire chief: 'Our people are getting tired'

07 Декабря, 2017, 20:54 | Author: Benny Bass
  • There are no immediate reports of fatalities

A burned out auto sits next to a destroyed structure on Wentworth St. near the Shadow Hills neighborhood as the Creek Fire burns near Sunland on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.

Almost 200,000 people have been told to evacuate.

A red-flag warning, which is for extreme weather conditions that could cause wildfires, is in effect until 8 p.m. Friday.

Dramatic images have been released that show just how big the California wildfires are.

A major Santa Ana weather event with wind gusts between 70 and 80 miles per hour, and low relative humidity are to blame for the Skirball fire, which is threatening Los Angeles' affluent Bel Air neighborhood, officials said.

With several multimillion-dollar mansions in the tony Bel-Air neighborhood already ablaze and flames threatening the Getty Center arts complex and its priceless collection, officials closed down part of Interstate 405 - a key north-south artery. Eric Holmes says numerous Unified firefighters volunteered and now 18 are gearing up for deployment just like an EMAC team did before going to the Northern California fires in October.

Making the situation more unsafe for anyone trying to get out of affected areas, the fires have forced closures on arterial roads.

Firefighters are battling the blazes fueled by the whipping Santa Ana winds; Adam Housley has the details for 'Special Report'.

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"We are losing some property and that is tragic, but the most important thing is peoples' lives", said City Councilman Paul Koretz.

Dozens of schools across the area canceled classes on Thursday.

A horse stall is engulfed in flames Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in the Creek fire, which burned about 11,000 acres in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar.

"Our fire situation is certainly reduced enough that we can certainly allow those resources to be deployed", said the Public Information Officer with the Oregon State Fire Marshal, Rich Hoover.

The same vicious winds that made three Southern California wildfires so destructive are also making the firefight itself more hard.

"Winds have died down to allow fire department to get some control, but high winds/Santa Ana winds coming tonight", Freeman said via text message.

Some 350 firefighters - 52 engines - were on the Skirball Fire, which had burned at least four homes and possibly six by 9:30 a.m.

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