California wind, fire danger hit unprecedented high

California wind, fire danger hit unprecedented high

A new wildfire ignited early Wednesday morning on the hillside along Interstate 405 near the Getty Center in Los Angeles, one of several fires burning in Southern California, according to multiple media reports.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, it is 0% contained, .

As massive fires rage to the north and east of Los Angeles, a brush fire has broken out east of the 405 freeway near homes and cultural institutions.

Fire resources are stretched thin with firefighters battling an 11,000 acre fire in the Sylmar and Sunland-Tujunga areas and the Thomas fire, which has burned 65,000 acres in the towns of Ventura, Santa Paula and Ojai, and has jumped the 101 freeway. More than 650 firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department, the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Forest Service were on scene.

Mr. Singh sheds a tear while being evacuated as fire approached his home.

"These are the kind of conditions that keep public safety officials up at night", said Janet Upton, deputy director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire. The Getty hugs the 405 freeway, a major Californian artery.

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"Calls are being rerouted so you will get help!" the station tweeted.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a local state of emergency in response to the Skirball Fire, requesting state and federal assistance. The fire, which had zero containment, destroyed at least 150 structures and was threatening 12,000 others. In addition to the Bel-Air fire, the Ventura County fire has forced at least 50,000 people to evacuate. Air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke. "THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work!" The nearby Getty Center museum shut down for the day to protect its art collection from smoke damage, it said.

The winds might die down during sunlight Wednesday, but they're expected to pick up in the evening and Thursday - perhaps as gusty as 50 miles per hour, posing a risk of further spread.

"We don't have a good feel on which direction this fire is heading", Stewart said.

That fire has now reached 96,000 acres, and officials fear the worst wind day so far this week in Southern California as the region battles major brushfires, scorching nearly 120,000 acres altogether.

The winds were part of the season's "strongest and longest" Santa Ana event.

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