New blaze ignites near LA as fierce California wildfires rage

A firefighter battles flames in Lake View Terrace on Tuesday
A firefighter battles flames in Lake View Terrace on Tuesday

07 December, 2017

Osby said high winds hindered the deployment of firefighting fixed- wing aircraft, although more than a half-dozen water-dropping helicopters were being used in the effort.

A fast-moving wildfire broke out near California's 405 Freeway Wednesday morning, rampaging through the area and causing evacuations in surrounding towns. "We are a resilient city, we are a strong city, we are a capable city".

This map, published by the Daily News, shows where the fire is burning right now-and how close it is to landmarks such as the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center. Reporter Christina Salvo says the smoke is so thick on Casiano Drive that "we couldn't see the flames. we were seeing firefighters on peoples' balconies with firehoses trying to drench the vegetation below".

Winds are now blowing toward the south, southwest, which has put the Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park and the Brentwood neighborhood north of Sunset Boulevard on notice.

Share this article: A firefighter uses a fire hose on a past blaze.

"These are days that break your heart", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said, according to the New York Times.

"This fire is very risky and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Garcetti had signed an emergency declaration on Tuesday for the Creek Fire, 25 miles to the north, that continued to burn out of control, now having consumed more than 11,000 acres and numerous structures. The fire is not contained in the slightest.

The Thomas, Creek and Rye Fires continue to wreaking havoc in Southern California, as authorities and firefighters scramble to contain the rapidly moving blazes.

President Trump tweeted his thanks to first responders while writing that thoughts and prayers were with everyone in the fire's path. I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials.

"It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so".

A destructive wildfire that erupted early Wednesday burned not far from The Getty Center, the $1 billion home to the J. Paul Getty Museum and related organizations that overlooks Los Angeles from a perch on the southern slope of the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Thomas Fire raged in the foothills above and in the city of Ventura some 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, fire officials said late Tuesday.

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