Southern California Wildfires Burn Out of Control

Irfan Khan—LA Times via Getty Images

Irfan Khan—LA Times via Getty Images

The warning, which indicates extreme fire danger because of gusty winds and low humidity, will be in effect through Saturday in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, where fires have scorched more than 80,000 acres and destroyed many homes.

In the hours before sunrise, wildfire embers fueled by strong Santa Ana winds shot up into the air above traffic, creating a fiery hellscape that heated drivers' windows and temporarily shut down the interstate.

Namely, a fire that broke out near the Getty Center in Los Angeles Wednesday morning has forced a significant part of the 405 freeway to close-one of the most congested freeways in Los Angeles.

It was the worst of four fires that by late Tuesday had burned more than 66,000 acres in Southern California, prompting Gov.

Flames don't discriminate. Many fire fighters are among the California residents losing their homes and being forced to evacuate.

More than 1,000 firefighters worked through the night protecting buildings, including City Hall, where the flames reached the parking lot, destroyed a couple of cars and left an adjacent hillside blackened and smoldering.

"They told even us to leave", one of the officers said. A total of 12,000 structures are threatened, according to Cal Fire. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency in Ventura County as Bay Area fire departments sent reinforcements south.

The high Santa Ana winds are predicted to last through the week, and are blowing embers across the landscape in all directions.

The Skirball Cultural Center, which features museum exhibits and other events related to Jewish life and Israel, announced on Twitter it would be closed until further notice, and ticket holders for exhibits in the coming days would be reimbursed.

"This fire is very risky and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said.

According to the National Weather Service, the wildfires are expected to exacerbate overnight, as winds reach speeds of 65 miles per hour.

A Los Angeles County Fire helicopter flies over the Skirball Fire which began early morning in Bel-Air, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017.

The Creek Fire has destroyed 11 homes and injured two firefighters, KTLA reported. It is only 5 percent contained, The Times reported.

A man rescued a wild rabbit from the raging wildfires on the side of a California highway on Wednesday evening and the daring rescue was caught on video.

Fred Mariscal said Red Cross officials expect about 400 people at the shelter Tuesday night.

"Based on the apparent location of the origin of both the Thomas fire in the Ventura and Santa Barbara area and the Creek Fire in Sylmar, and the performance of SCE's system, SCE has no indication that the company's facilities were a source of these fires", it said in a press release.

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