California forest fires continued to spread under the influence of Tuesday's strong winds. In video footage, the cameras captured a horse galloping along a road in an attempt to save itself from the flames. (December 5th)
LOS ANGELES – A new fire broke out at night in some of Los Angeles' most exclusive neighborhoods on its tony Westside near UCLA and the Getty Center, home to one of the best art museums in the country. 19659007] At least two houses were on fire.
The new fire was located in the Sepulveda Pass, where the San Diego Highway (I-405) cuts a road through the mountains to connect West Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley. The northbound lanes of the highway were closed.
The fire was near UCLA and the exclusive neighborhood of Bel Air, home to many celebrities.
The new fire had consumed approximately 50 acres by 7 a.m. PT. The firefighters mobilized, deviating from the other fires that burned uncontrollably in the northern part of Los Angeles County.
The new fire occurred as part of a series of wind-driven fires that destroyed more than 180 homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
At sundown on Tuesday, rescuers tried to save thousands of farm animals in the Shade Hills Area, including horses, sheep and alpacas, from invasive llamas.
"We have lost structures, we have not lost lives," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. But, he added, "We just do not know what this fire will do."
A fire was designated as Fire Creek, burning in the Sylmar / Lakeview Terrace area of Los Angeles. The other, burning farther north, was called Rye's Fire, near Santa Clarita.
In addition to burning at least 150 structures, Thomas's fire in the Ventura County consumed 50,500 acres. Another fire, nicknamed Little Mountain Fire, exploded Tuesday afternoon in San Bernardino County. Although there were no immediate reports of lost structures, two people were hospitalized for burns.
All the fires moved quickly. The only fire in which there was any containment was the Rye, at 5%. The firemen were backed by planes and helicopters that dropped water, although sometimes they could not fly due to strong winds.
"This is the beginning of a multi-day weather event, so we have not got through this yet," Los Angeles police said. Chief Charlie Beck told reporters at a briefing.
The fire at The Creek resulted in the closure of the Foothill Expressway (Interstate 210), an important east-west connector in the metropolis. Rye's fire closed Interstate 5, the state's main north-south artery, although it reopened later.
Nearly 200,000 people have been ordered to evacuate from three massive wildfires in Southern California. Many people fleeing the flames carry their animals with them. (6th of December)
All the fires were driven by the strong seasonal winds of Santa Ana so far this year. Blasts of more than 45 miles per hour in the fire areas were picking up embers from the hillsides and burning structures, sending them floating to leeward where they set additional homes on fire. However, temperatures were cold in the 60s and 70s.
The Creek fire was on the 11,000-acre list. It started at 3:43 a.m. PT on Monday, said the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Fire officials said there were two injured firefighters, including one who was injured when the bulldozer was overturning.
The Rye fire had burned around 5,000 acres and threatened structures near the Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park with 1,300 evacuated homes order.
Power cuts were generalized. The Los Angeles County sheriff's station in Santa Clarita reported that its 911 emergency phone system had failed due to a power outage.
"Calls are being diverted so I can get help." the station tweeted.
Contribution: John Bacon
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