Skirball Fire burns 150 acres near Getty Museum

Skirball Fire burns 150 acres near Getty Museum

Skirball Fire burns 150 acres near Getty Museum

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it approved grants to help cover the cost of emergency work for the Thomas Fire and two others.

Although no casualties have been reported, the fires have forced mass evacuations, cancellation of classes at dozens of schools and resulted in the loss of power at more than 250,000 homes in Ventura County.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says at least four and possibly six homes have been destroyed by a wildfire in the city's Bel Air area. The Strike team was assigned to the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County. As of 5:40 a.m., zero percent of the blaze has been contained.

"I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials", the president said on Twitter.

California has suffered through some of its most catastrophic fires ever this year.

A raging wildfire fueled by high winds created an incredible - and terrifying - sight for morning commuters Wednesday on Interstate 405 in Los Angeles.

Thomas was the largest of a number of wildfires that broke out across Southern California following the onset of the Santa Ana winds.

Skirball Fire burns 150 acres near Getty Museum
Skirball Fire burns 150 acres near Getty Museum

On Tuesday, two unsafe fires swept through southern California, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate.

Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas warned that the firefight is likely to continue until at least Friday. He joined a chorus of officials urging residents to immediately evacuate if they are told to do so. By 8 a.m. the flames had reached homes in the wealthy Bel-Air neighborhood near UCLA.

Helicopters on sight. Evacuation centers set up at rec centers.

The fire erupted before dawn Wednesday on the east side of Sepulveda Pass, which carries heavily travelled Interstate 405 through the Santa Monica Mountains on the city's western side.

"Very strong winds" blowing from the northeast to the southwest were causing the fire to balloon, he said, warning Angelenos to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice.

The fire had burned about 50 acres and is quickly spreading, Stewart said. 220 Firefighters on scene. The wildfire started at 4am Tuesday and rapidly spread in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest, located above the neighborhood of Sylmar in the San Fernando Valley.

The same vicious winds that made three Southern California wildfires so destructive are also making the firefight itself more hard.

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