Over 1000 firefighters battling California wildfires

Over 1000 firefighters battling California wildfires

A handful of major fires ― the Thomas fire, the Creek fire, and the Rye fire ― have already destroyed hundreds of homes, and forced more than 150,000 people to evacuate, according to The Los Angeles Times.

In the hours before sunrise, wildfire embers fueled by strong Santa Ana winds shot up into the air above traffic, creating a fiery hellscape that heated drivers' windows and temporarily shut down the interstate.

Forecasters predicted that winds could cause fires to spread further, threatening more upscale homes and the acclaimed Getty Center museum.

It was the worst of four fires that by late Tuesday had burned more than 66,000 acres in Southern California, prompting Gov.

Update: 12:21PM MULTIPLE fires are now raging in Southern California in the United States of America destroying homes and forcing thousands to flee. Firefighters battled to save multimillion-dollar homes in the path of the flames.

Lord said the restaurant wasn't in immediate danger, but she anxious that the winds would pick up overnight.

Chef and restaurateur José Andrés, whose World Central Kitchen organized chef volunteers and donations to serve more than 3 million meals to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, in a tweet indicated that his crew was on the way to Los Angeles to work with the Red Cross to feed those displaced by fire. Firefighters were struggling to keep flames away from the bucolic Ojai Valley, according to state fire officials. Authorities say 12,000 structures in the region are threatened and more than 200,000 people are under evacuation orders.

Q: How do high winds affect the firefight?

Santa Ana winds, which have exacerbated the fire, will be returning Wednesday night and last through Saturday. It was 5 percent contained, while the other fires had no containment.

"This fire is very risky and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said.

The Creek Fire has destroyed 11 homes and injured two firefighters, KTLA reported.

Each of the fires was pushed by dry Santa Ana winds, with gusts up to 60 miles per hour.

The Skirball Fire - named after the Skirball Cultural Center in northern Los Angeles - burned 475 acres in the Sepulveda Pass near the Getty Center, The Los Angeles Times reported.

It never hurts to signal boost anything on your social media networks that might be useful if seen by someone now fleeing the wildfires, or trying to plan in the event of an evacuation, or even someone who simply knows someone else who is, and might pass the information along. Fire officials said the weather was making it hard for aircraft and helicopters to fight the blazes.

Dozens of schools were also closed in neighboring Ventura County, where the largest of the area blazes, the Thomas Fire, has charred more than 95,000 acres.

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