March 24, 2018

Community Rescues Horse Trapped in Crevice in Los Angeles Wildfire

08 December 2017, 12:31 | Lucia Cruz

New Fire Threatens Getty Center/405 Freeway

New Fire Threatens Getty Center/405 Freeway

A woman was found dead in a wrecked vehicle in an evacuation zone near the city of Santa Paula, where the Ventura County blaze began Monday night, but officials could not immediately say whether the accident was fire-related.

At the same time, the San Diego County Fire Authority reported that 20 structures had burned in a blaze near the inland San Diego County community of Bonsall, about 100 miles south of Los Angeles.

The winds blow in hot and dry from the California desert, and the state CAL FIRE agency said gusty winds and extremely low humidity would continue through Sunday.

Fire crews also fought large fires around Los Angeles, though they made enough progress to lift most evacuation orders.

Barely two months after the wine country fires charred Northern California, the state is once again staring down a spate of wildfires, this time in Southern California.

The Creek fire was listed at 4,000 acres by midday.

"We're basically defending an area with homes and ranch infrastructure, seeing a new fire emerge along this stretch, then splitting off resources to send there - that's the strategy", said Burris, a 36-year veteran of the department. Three people were burned trying to escape the flames, said Capt. Nick Schuler of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Evacuation orders were lifted late Thursday afternoon for most of the Creek Fire-affected area, with the exception of parts of the Shadow Hills and Riverwood neighborhoods, as well as the Limekiln Canyon area. At their most powerful, the winds can wreck destruction throughout the region, knocking down trees and power lines. Fifty-two fire engines were deployed to the scene.

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Fred Burris, a Ventura County Fire Department battalion chief, was finishing a 24-hour shift that included help protecting La Conchita.

"We also can look for hotspots, " Terrazas said. Winds could gust to 80 mph in the early hours of Thursday, causing embers to spread even more.

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.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said over 230,000 people have been forced to evacuate in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

A news reporter found a horse upside down at the bottom of a crevice while reporting on the Creek Fire that is spreading through California.

Firefighters and helicopters sprayed and dumped bucketloads of water to try to contain the flames against a hellish backdrop of flaming mountains and walls of smoke.

At the Getty, spokesman Ron Hartwig said they "feel confident we've done everything to protect the Getty and the art collection here".

"Firefighters are challenged by high winds, poor access and steep, rugged terrain", officials said in a notice Thursday.

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