Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Creek Fire Burning 12000 Acres, 10 Percent Containment - #CreekFire

Creek Fire Burning 12000 Acres, 10 Percent Containment - #CreekFire

As fire engines rushed from fire to fire and exhausted fire crews attempted to gain control over the increasingly volatile situation, Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said vegetation in the region is drier "than I've ever seen it" in his 31 years as a member of the LAFD.

"We heard the fire engines before six o'clock this morning, and we said, 'Maybe we should start getting our stuff into the vehicle'".

At least one home appeared to be in the path of the fire, aerial video showed.

The fire threatened homes toward the top of the hill on the east side of the freeway.

By noon Wednesday it had scorched 14,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 110,000 people.

Driven by winds above 35 miles per hour (56 kph), Thursday's fire wiped out rows of trailer homes in the retirement community and left behind charred and mangled metal where they had stood.

Later in the day, she said police officers indicated they would be reopening her street, but by then she had decided her Palm Springs domicile was the better option.

That's what scientists say happened in Southern California in recent days as at least four serious fires spread in scattered locations across Ventura and Los Angeles counties, prompting thousands to evacuate and freeways like the 405 to partially close.

The boundaries for the mandatory evacuation zone are Sunset Boulevard to the south, Roscomare Road to the west, and Mulholland to the north.

"We are losing some property and that is tragic, but the most important thing is people's lives", said Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz.

Most of the horses were saved, McBride said, and were being loaded to go to the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

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The acclaimed Getty arts institution - home to masterpieces including those by Edouard Manet - was closed until at least Thursday.

"We have a very sophisticated filtration system that was built into the Getty and it literally reverses the flow of air", Hartwig said.

Dozens of schools were closed, as was Santa Monica College.

The last time the Santa Ana winds were this bad - with multiple days of warning level winds and red flags - was in October 2007.

Fire departments from across the state had arrived to help battle the ferocious wildfires, as heavy winds expected to continue through Thursday complicated their struggle to contain the flames.

Authorities warned that winds will likely remain strong until Friday.

"Mutual aid is not a problem for us", said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Gustavo Medina, whose agency is leading the fight against the Rye and Creek fires.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency over the area Tuesday, announcing: "This fire is very risky and spreading rapidly".

"This fire is very unsafe and spreading rapidly", he announced.

"It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so".

Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to offer "thoughts and prayers" to everyone affected by the wildfires.

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