Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Southern California wildfires burn with little containment as conditions worsen

Los Angeles California wildfire Donate to the Red Cross or the Humane Society of Ventura County. AP Noah Berger
Sammy Stanley | 08 December, 2017, 12:06

No injuries were reported. Getty officials said both museums will reopen Friday. He spent Thursday trying to work and checking the news while also caring for his three children, whose schools were closed because of the fire.

The Skirball fire is 5% contained after burning 475 acres, destroying at least four homes and damaging other structures in Bel-Air, according to an update released Thursday morning.

Evacuations were ordered in the area near the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base and schools and casinos were being used as shelters. All evacuations remained in place Thursday, covering a large area bounded by Mulholland Drive to the north, Sunset Boulevard to the south, the 405 to the west and Roscomare Road on the east.

More than 50,000 Ventura County residents were evacuated from 15,000 homes in the first 24 hours of the conflagration.

The highway, which runs the length of the state and is a major commuter corridor to Los Angeles, was closed intermittently along the 28-mile (45-kilometer) stretch between Ventura and Santa Barbara.

"It's different winds, different fuels, so it's a sharp learning curve", Mason said.

Firefighters are making some gains as they continue to douse the Creek Fire, which scorched thousands of acres in the Sunland-Tujunga and Sylmar areas.

About 500 firefighters were sent to battle the Skirball Fire, including 350 from the LAFD.

'Samurai Sword' Attack At Tokyo Shrine Leaves 3 Dead
The shrine, located roughly 100 meters east of Monzen-Nakacho Station, is also the birthplace of the Edo-period fundraising sumo. After attacking his sister, Shigenaga Tomioka apparently killed his female companion and then himself, the police sources added.

Even stronger gusts were expected throughout Thursday potentially exceeding 80 miles per hour, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Officials warned it was growing dangerously fast and said it threatened 1,000 structures.

Wildfires in southern California have ripped through the upscale neighbourhood of Bel-Air, burning properties and estates including parts of a $30 million winery owned by Rupert Murdoch.

Satellite imagery from the wildfires burning in Southern California shows where the new hot spots are - the danger zones amid an expected resurgence of Santa Ana winds. As of late Wednesday, the Thomas fire had grown to 96,000 acres. Fifty-two fire engines were deployed to the scene.

Social media users sought to highlight the apparent irony.

Evacuation centers have been established at Delano Recreation Center, 15100 Erwin St., Van Nuys; Balboa RC, 17015 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys; Sherman Oaks RC, 14201 Huston St., Sherman Oaks; and Westwood RC, 1350 Sepulveda Blvd., Westwood.

2017 has been the costliest year for wildfires in the U.S., with over $10 billion in damages before the current Southern California fires began. Thick smoke was visible over the Kagel Canyon nearby.

It has burned over the edges of the busiest highway of the country, known as Interstate 405 freeway that carry about 400,000 vehicles every day, where the lanes of northbound were closed for more of the day and travellers drove their vehicles through the flurry of ash along with the flames growing in the horizon.

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