Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Evacuation orders issued for almost 200k as Los Angeles fires rage

Evacuation orders issued for almost 200k as Los Angeles fires rage

Do not forget to update your bookmarks. The museum was closed for the day due to the fire. UCLA announced classes were voluntary Wednesday and urged all faculty and students living off-campus to stay home.

The athletics department says a night men's basketball game and all other team workouts and practices are cancelled.

Three firefighters were injured and hospitalized in stable condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

"We have no reports of any civilian fatalities or injuries, which speaks to the fact people are evacuating", county Fire Chief Daryl Osby said. "Watching through the windows, there is a lot of smoke", said Berry, who fled his home immediately to a safe area. High winds combined with heavy smoke and blowing ash hindered firefighters' ability to contain those fires, including the Skirball Fire. I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials.

The crews were assigned to structure protection for both residential and business structures and could be in Los Angeles County for up to 14-days before returning home.

Deadly fires tore through Northern California earlier this year.

The strongest Santa Ana winds of the season drove multiple wildfires in Southern California this week.

On Tuesday, two risky fires swept through southern California, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate.


Evacuations have been ordered and a wider area has been told to be ready for orders to leave. The fire has now at least four burned homes in the upscale neighborhoods of Bel Air and Brentwood, KTLA reported.

Authorities have opened 16 evacuation centers throughout the Los Angeles area.

A viral tweet from a local investment professional showed hills of flame as far as the eye could see, a scene more overwhelming and fearsome than any disaster film out of nearby Hollywood.

No evacuation orders were officially in place, however residents should be prepared to get out quickly, Stewart said.

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. Two firefighting helicopters have been assigned.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the path of California's wildfires.

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

The blaze was 0% contained and residents had been evacuated from an area covering more than 20 square miles. The northbound side of the 405 was shut down about 5 a.m.

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