New Blaze Erupts In Wildfire-Plagued Southern California

A map of the Thomas Fire provided

A map of the Thomas Fire provided

Dozens of homes have been destroyed in this view of the Thomas fire from helicopter on December 5, 2017, in Ventura County.

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.

The unrelenting blaze has destroyed more than 12,000 homes in and around the coastal city of Ventura, forcing thousands of people to race for safety.

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.

He added: "If the winds pick up, we will face quite a challenge".

Over 30 structures were destroyed by the Creek Fire last night, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

"There will be no ability to fight fire in these kinds of winds", Pimlott said. Mayor Eric Garcetti said the gusty winds expected to last most of the week had created a unsafe situation and he urged 150,000 people under mandatory evacuation orders to leave their homes before it's too late.

Q: How do high winds affect the firefight? The fire was five percent contained as of Wednesday afternoon.

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Unfortunately, if the line has been knocked down or become entangled in tree branches, a recloser's burst of electricity can ignite vegetation and start fires.

At least 4,000 firefighters were deployed across the entire fire zone, including on the scene of the "Rye" blaze - which had grown to 7,000 acres in the Santa Clarita area - as well as the "Creek" fire north of downtown Los Angeles that had grown to more than 11,000 acres.

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

High winds reaching 80 miles per hour (129 km/h) are expected to exacerbate the fires.

Three firefighters were injured and hospitalised in stable condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The Thomas fire is by far the biggest and most widespread of them, having reportedly burnt up more than 60,000 acres of land.

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.

Residents living west of I-405 should brace for evacuations, in case flames jump the freeway, officials said earlier on Wednseday.

The flames have swallowed about 80,000 acres (32,000 hectares) in just over a day since the "Thomas" fire, now the state's largest, broke out, leaving at least one person dead in an area about 45 minutes' drive from downtown LA.

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