Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Extraordinary footage shows man rescuing rabbit as California fires burn

Extraordinary footage shows man rescuing rabbit as California fires burn

The situation has only worsened as the flames have been fanned by hot and dry Santa Ana winds.

Around 27,000 people in southern California have been forced to leave their homes because of wildfires.

The National Weather Service expects conditions to last throughout the week.

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

Still, said Hartwig, "this is the single best place for any art collection to be in the midst of a fire disaster like this". The fire has destroyed some homes as it spread into the Bel Air area. "But these are also days that show the resilience of our city", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said, thanking firefighters from Los Angeles and other agencies and all city personnel.

The Los Angeles Unified School District announced that at least 265 schools in the San Fernando Valley will be closed through the weekend.

The fire burned up hillsides on the east side of the pass into expensive neighborhoods that are now under evacuation orders.

The threat of the Rye Fire to Simi Valley has been reduced due to overnight firefighting efforts, Simi Valley police said Wednesday.

Making the situation more unsafe for anyone trying to get out of affected areas, the fires have forced closures on arterial roads.

President Donald Trump tweeted for people to follow the advice of emergency officials.

High winds meant the fire swept through tens of thousands of acres in a matter of hours.

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The most damaging fire is in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, where more than 100 square miles (259 sq. kilometers) and numerous homes have burned. Strong winds helped push the fire uphill, putting homes and residents in danger.

The map, embedded below, also outlines those communities which should be preparing to flee should the fire jump the freeway.

Mary Plummer, a reporter with member station KPCC in Pasadena, tells Morning Edition that "these fires are affecting a real range of geographic areas - some very urban, some very rural".

Another fire broke out early on Tuesday morning in Sylmar, closer to Los Angeles.

Almost 200,000 people have been told to evacuate.

Officials have still not stated what caused the fire, but some said the ongoing drought has left the area "ripe for spreading" and likely to get a whole lot bigger.

At the Getty, spokesman Ron Hartwig said they "feel confident we've done everything to protect the Getty and the art collection here".

Stewart says 47 firefighters are on the scene, setting up protection for homes at the top of the steep slopes.

The cities of Ventura and Santa Paula - 70 miles north of Los Angeles - have been the worse affected areas, and have now been completely evacuated.

Winds of those speeds are hard to stop even by an army of firefighters.

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