Map of hot spots: See where California wildfires are growing

08 Декабря, 2017, 12:16 | Author: Eloise Marshall
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That's what scientists say happened in Southern California in recent days as at least four serious fires spread in scattered locations across Ventura and Los Angeles counties, prompting thousands to evacuate and freeways like the 405 to partially close.

Los Angeles commuters had one hell of a drive to work Wednesday morning as a wildfire swept through the Bel-Air district, forcing the closure of at least one stretch of a major freeway.

Officials were considering closing the southbound lanes as well.

"These are days that break your heart".

The Ventura and LA-area fires have put tens of thousands of people under evacuation orders and destroyed nearly 200 homes and buildings, a figure almost certain to rise.

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Map of hot spots: See where California wildfires are growing

The massive blazes showed no signs of stopping as roaring winds fueled flames that feasted on the tinder-dry conditions in the region. It was 5 percent contained Wednesday afternoon.

At least 4,000 firefighters from around the state and 74 aircraft, including dozens of helicopters, were battling flames in Los Angeles and Ventura counties Wednesday.

Police ordered an evacuation of all homes between two of the city's most storied roadways - Mulholland Drive on the north and Sunset Boulevard on the south - as thick black smoke and swirling ash turned day into night. They come late in the year when weather conditions typically stifle potential fires and some have sprouted up in the middle of dense urban areas typically far from fire zones. Kimberly Holman. Three lost their homes in the blazes, she said.

"We don't have a good feel on which direction this fire is heading", Stewart said.

Museum authorities tweeted that "air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke".

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Hartwig said the museum's travertine and metal skin should be able to protect the pre-20th-century European paintings, illuminated manuscripts and other treasures inside. But he said he would be back on the lines Friday because "I want to go back out there and help best I can". "Until the last ember is out, I will continue to worry".

The Skirball Fire is burning in the exclusive Bel Air community, where multimillion-dollar houses give the rich and famous sweeping views. In the wake of that blaze brush clearing was required and water pressure was increased, he said.

Horse trainer Scott Hansen said he knows that some of his 30 horses at the facility died.

It was initially reported at six acres but quickly grew to 50 acres as crews worked against 25 miles per hour winds.

The weather conditions have been too hard for firefighters to gain the upper hand against numerous wildfires, with the combination of the winds, lack of significant rain for at least 8 months, and some of the driest air ever measured in this part of California.

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