The wildfire has reportedly reached about 50 acres in size and is still growing, fueled by 25-mph winds.
According to the National Weather Service, the wildfires are expected to exacerbate overnight, as winds reach speeds of 65 miles per hour. But never purple wind.
And as of now at least, an end to the threat is a long way away.
The Los Angeles Fire Department has deployed hundreds of firefighters and called in helicopters and airplanes.
The NWS office adds that when a fire gets started in those conditions, there's a high chance of "very rapid fire spread, long range spotting, and extreme fire behavior".
Wildfires have ripped through much of Ventura County in Southern California this week, drifting closer to Los Angeles as of Wednesday morning.
The fires have produced vivid and shocking images of massive walls of flame.
The fire broke out before dawn Wednesday on the east side of Interstate 405 in the Sepulveda Pass and raced up steep slopes into neighborhoods at the top. "So, it's a real logistical problem".
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"It's heartbreaking for the Californians and we don't want to go back because we know what it's going to look like when we get there", Holmes said Wednesday. As many as 150 buildings have been destroyed by the blaze, with many more yet to be counted. Some 12,000 structures are considered in danger. No deaths and only a few injuries were reported.
Around 2,500 homes were forced to evacuate but the highway remained open even as other roads were closed, officials said. Most of the outages were caused by the 65,000-acre Thomas fire in Ventura County.
Speaking through tears, she told CNN affiliate KABC, "We've been watching all these disasters on TV, you really don't think about when it happens to you, and what do you pack in that moment?" "The entire town was pitch black". Medford Fire-Rescue, Ashland Fire-Rescue, Illinois Valley Fire District, Fire District 3, and Jackson County Fire District 5 make up one strike team as the Rogue Valley Task Force. "We're not done", Terrazas said.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a state of emergency in the city while 11 Los Angeles Unified schools cancelled Wednesday classes. "Authorities said they were helping residents of five assisted-living facilities evacuate, while people at Ojai Hospital were advised to shelter in place".
"We are losing some property and that is tragic, but the most important thing is peoples' lives", said City Councilman Paul Koretz.
The wildfire in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles jumped the major artery U.S. Highway 101 to a rocky beach northwest of Ventura, bringing new evacuations, though officials said the sparse population and lack of vegetation in the area meant it was not overly risky, and the highway was not closed. The 405, a major freeway servicing Los Angeles, has completely shut down between the 101 and the 10 freeways due to the spreading fire.