Two people burned in California wildfires

Esequiel Farfan
Diciembre 8, 2017

That's what scientists say happened in Southern California in recent days as at least four serious fires spread in scattered locations across Ventura and Los Angeles counties, prompting thousands to evacuate and freeways like the 405 to partially close. Wind gusts are expected to reach 80 miles per hour in some spots, with humidity under 10%. Tim Lohman of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said an unidentified body had been found overnight.

With 439 structures destroyed, the Thomas Fire is now the most destructive fire during December in California's history.

The 4,100-acre fire is moving at an "extremely rapid rate", and burning west toward the Vista and Oceanside communities, officials said.

But in several ways California's fires are unusual. Television footage showed multiple aircraft making water drops in an effort to stop the flames.

"We hear propane tanks blow up".

Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said Thursday that the California National Guard has activated 65 members to provide security for the wildfires.

One firefighter suffered neck burns and was treated at a hospital, authorities said.

California Fire Department (Cal Fire) officials warned residents to be ready to leave at a moment's notice. Meanwhile, blazes from the Sylmar fire, Santa Clarita fire and San Bernardino fire have also had devastating effects.

Mr Murdoch, who owns British newspapers The Sun and The Times, lives in a mansion on his $30 million Moraga Vineyards estate, dubbed "the only commercial vineyard in Los Angeles".

Besides Bel Air, affluent Los Angeles neighborhoods between Mulholland Drive to the north and Sunset Boulevard to the south were part of the evacuation zone.

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

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"Don't pass that bush on fire", Higgins said.

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

The fire threatened homes toward the top of the hill on the east side of the freeway.

The fire reached a wine storage shed on Wednesday after burning at least six other properties and threatening hundreds more.

Police knocked on doors and used loudspeakers to make sure everybody had left their homes.

"We are fine and we will be fine". The Lilac fire, as it was being called, wasn't far from large tracts of expensive homes.

The Getty - home to masterpieces including works by Monet and Rembrandt - was closed.

The Getty Center said on Twitter that its galleries are protected from the smoke by an air filtration system.

This has been California's deadliest year ever for wildfires.

More than 1,770 firefighters and police officers were waging war with the fire in Ventura County, according to the latest incident report.

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