Luxury LA mansions threatened as fierce California wildfires rage

Luxury LA mansions threatened as fierce California wildfires rage

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said more than 230,000 people had been forced from their homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Namely, a fire that broke out near the Getty Center in Los Angeles Wednesday morning has forced a significant part of the 405 freeway to close-one of the most congested freeways in Los Angeles.

In response to the fires, Gov. The fire has destroyed more than 150 homes and threatened thousands more in Ventura.

"We're hoping they get a handle on those fires and that everyone can come home", May said.

As neighborhoods turned into scenes of vast ruin and freeways closed down, California got a frightening replay of the October infernos in Wine Country that killed 44 people, destroyed 8,900 structures and, like the Thomas Fire, were driven by nighttime windstorms that blasted flames from more rugged areas into communities built along the edge of the wildland. Mayor Eric Garcetti said the gusty winds expected to last most of the week had created a risky situation and he urged 150,000 people under mandatory evacuation orders to leave their homes before it's too late.

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

And the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League, which hold workouts near the Ventura County fire, canceled practice Wednesday.

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"The danger is imminent", Cal Fire said in its evacuation notice. It was 5 percent contained, while the other fires had no containment.

Wild 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.

Fires are not typical in Southern California this time of year but can break out when dry vegetation and too little rain combine with the Santa Ana winds.

The video shows the man chasing the rabbit after it ran across the road as flames from the Thomas Fire burn just feet away.

It never hurts to signal boost anything on your social media networks that might be useful if seen by someone now fleeing the wildfires, or trying to plan in the event of an evacuation, or even someone who simply knows someone else who is, and might pass the information along.

The Rye Fire erupted just before 10 a.m. Tuesday about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles, shutting down Interstate 5 in both directions near Santa Clarita. Fire officials said the weather was making it hard for aircraft and helicopters to fight the blazes.

The flames have swallowed about 80,000 acres (32,000 hectares) in just over a day since the "Thomas" fire, now the state's largest, broke out, leaving at least one person dead in an area about 45 minutes' drive from downtown LA.

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