• Fire and smoke forced the closure of Highway 101, the main coastal route north of Los Angeles, between Ventura and Santa Barbara. Here is our list of road closures in the Los Angeles area.
• Hundreds of schools were ordered closed for the remainder of the week due to the thick layer of smoke filling the skies. The Los Angeles Unified School District said at least 322 schools, including charter schools, would not take classes on Thursday.
• The National Meteorological Service, which warned of the risk of "very rapid growth of the fire," said winds could decrease on Friday through Saturday.
In Ventura, "the whole city slept with one eye open."
Forty miles northwest of Los Angeles, the largest of several fires had consumed 96,000 acres on Thursday morning and at least 150 structures – probably hundreds more, firefighters said and threatened another 15,000 in the city of Ventura and the neighboring communities, and contained 5 percent.
Emergency officials said early Thursday that the fire, known as the Thomas fire, "continues to burn actively with extreme rates of spread and long-range detection when pushed by the wind." Part of the 101 highway in the region is It closed when the fire hit the road and veered to the northwest of Ventura.
ntire town slept with one eye open, "said Tracie Fickenscher, Ventura resident." Every time you hear the wind breaking into your house, you wonder if that's the streak. Is that the one that awoke a sufficient spark? "
Other large fires were burning in the northern San Fernando Valley and the rugged region north of Los Angeles, Malibu officials said the fire that erupted in their city on Thursday morning was" currently contained " , but that the emergency teams remained on the scene.
Forest fires surrounded the Los Angeles area and threatened Bel-Air.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, the thick smoke that had covered western Los Angeles had almost completely dissipated. Instead of the gray-brown haze that residents woke up until Wednesday, they were greeted by the cloudless blue sky for which Los Angeles is famous. Along Highway 405, which had been closed during part of Wednesday's morning trip, cars moved even faster than usual tracking.
Los Angeles firefighters continued navigating the steep terrain and the canyons near Bel-Air on Thursday morning. where a fire had burned 475 acres. The wind speed during the night had not been as bad as some feared. Even so, the fire, which erupted on Wednesday near landmarks such as U.C.L.A. and the Getty Museum, only contained 5 percent.
"Nothing jumped the highway, which is one of our biggest concerns," said Paul Koretz, a member of the Los Angeles City Council. "Everything went as well as he could."
More firefighters and equipment were summoned to help quell the fire, and none of the residents of the approximately 700 homes that were ordered to evacuate returned. Officials said he had no estimate of when residents could return.
Classes at UCLA were canceled on Thursday, although there was no indication that the campus was in danger.