Authorities in Los Angeles, California have ordered evacuations of almost 200,000 residents as the rampaging Skirball Fire began to consume homes and shut down part of Interstate 405, one of the busiest freeways in the US.
For the second time in as many months, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District will be sending a strike team out of District to assist other agencies in fighting fires.
Bloomberg News reported earlier Wednesday that the area around Murdoch's Moraga vineyard in Bel Air was ordered evacuated as firefighters battled wind-whipped fires that continue to spread. "These are also days that show the resilience of our city".
At least two homes were ablaze Wednesday morning. Also, an area south of the 210 Freeway was ordered evacuated in the Shadow Hills area, in a roughly triangular area between Sunland Boulevard to the south, Wentworth Street to the north and Tuxford Street to the west, officials said.
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A raging wildfire fueled by high winds created an unbelievable - and terrifying - sight for morning commuters Wednesday on Interstate 405 in Los Angeles. Kim said, "I pray everyone in Los Angeles is safe from these fires and THANK YOU to all of the fire fighters working so hard to keep everyone safe!"
The Getty Center closed the day before the fire to prevent any harm to its collection from smoke from existing fires in Los Angeles County. More than 350 firefighters from 52 engine companies were deployed to the scene, supported by helicopters that were making water drops, said LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas. One firefighter was hospitalized after a bulldozer rolled over in the Sunland- Tujunga area, but the injury was not considered to be life- threatening. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency.
The fire erupted before dawn Wednesday in Sepulveda Pass, a major commuter route between the west side of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley to the north.
According to officials, both fires were fueled by dry conditions and powerful winds. 4 structures confirmed destroyed, may be up to 6.This all according to Los Angeles Mayor.
Large-animal evacuation centers at Pierce College, the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and Hansen Dam Recreation Area quickly reached capacity.