Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Southern California wildfires: What we know now

Southern California wildfires: What we know now

Another fire, the so-called Rye Fire burning in the Santa Clarita area north of Los Angeles, has burned 7,000 acres since it broke out Tuesday morning and the blaze was 5 percent contained as of Wednesday afternoon, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. Residents in Sullivan Canyon and Mandeville Canyon were told to be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.

While the winds are not yet as strong as they were Tuesday, the worst of the dry and windy weather is yet to come, with gusts of up to 90 miles per hour predicted in some areas tonight and Thursday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Harrison.

Wildfires driven by Santa Ana winds continue to ravage Southern California Wednesday evening, as firefighters anticipate conditions worsening through the night.

The museum closed Wednesday while the fire was held back.

The Rogue Valley Task Force said it is assigned to help with the Thomas Fire in Ventura County.

UCLA, a few miles south of the fire, said it believed its campus was safe but canceled afternoon and evening classes, citing hard traffic conditions. The situation has only worsened as the flames have been fanned by hot and dry Santa Ana winds.

Ms Langer said it appeared the seven acres of vines suffered only slight damage and the grapes already had been harvested.

More than 250,000 homes were without power and all schools in the Ventura Unified School District cancelled classes for Wednesday. Health officials warned people in the heavily populated San Fernando Valley and other parts of the northern Los Angeles area to limit their time outdoors.

"Our fire situation is certainly reduced enough that we can certainly allow those resources to be deployed", said the Public Information Officer with the Oregon State Fire Marshal, Rich Hoover.

In Ventura County northwest of L.A., the biggest and most destructive of the wildfires destroyed at least 150 structures. She and her husband were about to evacuate again, hoping they will get lucky twice as the new winds arrive.

The same vicious winds that made three Southern California wildfires so destructive are also making the firefight itself more hard.

The fire fight improved as winds calmed, allowing officials to do battle in the air and on the ground when the fire was moving slower.

The 5:35 a.m. entry has been corrected to say west side.

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