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A raging fire is encroaching on celebrity homes in Los Angeles

A raging fire is encroaching on celebrity homes in Los Angeles

About 2,500 homes are still under threat and about 900 firefighters are battling the blaze, said Los Angeles County fire inspector Gustavo Medina. Mandatory evacuations were in place for parts of Bel Air and at least four homes were already destroyed, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The fire, which was raging in Mandeville Canyon and the Brentwood area, shut down roadways including a partial closure of heavily traveled Interstate 405, near scenic Mulholland Drive.

"These are days that break your heart but also days that shows the resilience of our city", he said.

Wind-driven fires have raced through California communities for the second time in two months, leaving hundreds of homes feared lost and uprooting tens of thousands of people.

The Getty Center closed the day before the fire to prevent any harm to its collection from smoke from existing fires in Los Angeles County. At 7:30am, authorities ordered residents living south of Mulholland Drive, east of the 405, north of Sunset Boulevard, and west of Roscomare Road to evacuate their homes. "We have mobilized additional resources to the impacted areas, and we are working to restore electric service as quickly and safely as possible", said SCE CEO Kevin Payne.




More than 1,000 firefighters battled an unrelenting wildfire on Wednesday that threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, the biggest of several uncontrolled Southern California blazes fanned by intensifying dry Santa Ana winds.

Fire Department spokesman Margaret Stewart says the fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. Wednesday and is burning uphill, driven by topography rather than winds. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency. One firefighter was hospitalized after a bulldozer rolled over in the Sunland- Tujunga area, but the injury was not considered to be life- threatening. Over 125 firefighters have been on the scene, and water-dropping helicopters are reportedly being used to quench the flames. Classes were canceled at all schools in the Ventura Unified School District on Wednesday.

The risky Santa Ana winds that have fanned fires across Southern California this week have diminished over the new LA fire but conditions are very dry, with just 9 per cent relative humidity.

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

Authorities have opened 16 evacuation centers throughout the Los Angeles area.

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