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Critical fire weather continues throughout Southern California; worst conditions yet to come

07 December 2017, 08:56 | Israel Caldwell

High-pressure system. Los Angeles Times

Santa Ana winds

Almost 200,000 people have been told to evacuate.

Southern California has felt yellow wind, orange wind, and red wind.

The wilder winds could easily send make new fires explode too, as one did Wednesday in Los Angeles' exclusive Bel-Air section, where a fire consumed multimillion-dollar houses that give the rich and famous sweeping views of Los Angeles.

There are no reports of injuries, but the flames are dangerously close to the Getty Center and buildings nearby. No major institution so far has said it has incurred damage, but, as of midday, more than 150 buildings and homes have been destroyed in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, and almost 12,000 more buildings are potentially threatened by four fires threatening various areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The fire, which was zero percent contained, was being whipped by unpredictable Santa Ana winds, which blow in from the California desert. Santa Ana winds are gusting and humidity is low, making prime conditions for a spark to spread flames quickly, far and wide. More than 12,000 buildings were under threat, officials said Wednesday.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, one of the private properties damaged by the Skirball fire is the $28.8-million winery and estate of News Corp.

Officials have still not stated what caused the fire, but some said the ongoing drought has left the area "ripe for spreading" and likely to get a whole lot bigger.

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A brush fire has erupted on the west side of Los Angeles along Interstate 405 in Sepulveda Pass. Two firefighting helicopters have been assigned.

The cities of Ventura and Santa Paula - 70 miles north of Los Angeles - have been the worse affected areas, and have now been completely evacuated.

Air tankers that had been grounded much of the week because of high winds flew on Wednesday, dropping flame retardant.

Update: 12:21PM MULTIPLE fires are now raging in Southern California in the United States of America destroying homes and forcing thousands to flee.

Winds of those speeds are hard to stop even by an army of firefighters. During the latest fires, they reached speeds of more than 45 miles per hour.

Commanders hoped to have them back in the air on Wednesday morning, but all indications are the winds will be whipping then too.



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