Hot, dry Santa Ana winds are expected to fan several relentless wildfires in southern California on Thursday, where hundreds of houses have burned and tens of thousands have fled their homes around Los Angeles, the second-largest USA city.
The massive blazes showed no signs of stopping as roaring winds fueled flames that feasted on the tinder-dry conditions in the region.
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A fast-moving wildfire broke out near California's 405 Freeway Wednesday morning, rampaging through the area and causing evacuations in surrounding towns. More than 125 firefighters have been on the scene, and water-dropping helicopters are reportedly being used to quench the flames.
Bel Air resident Lori Arkin told NBC News the first inkling she got that something was wrong came at 5 a.m. when her husband's secretary called their home and told them to look outside.
"We stand a good chance of a challenging night and day tomorrow", Cal Fire spokesman Tim Chavez said, adding that there's potential for fire growth on the northwest side and a high probability of spot fires. "So it pushes air out of the building rather than allowing air filled with smoke and ash to come in".
"Now, everything that I have, except for my lovely family, is gone", she said.
"Don't pass that bush on fire", Higgins said. He says it's nice to be able to give back after teams from all over the country helped fight fires during Montana's record fire season this summer.
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Emails have been sent to both Riviera and Bel-Air clubs. The property was evacuated and there may be some damage to some buildings, but the winery and house are believed intact, Murdoch said in a statement Wednesday.
Winds were expected to gust as high as 80 miles per hour overnight into today, possibly creating unprecedented fire danger.
For more on the fires breaking out across Southern California, go here. Three firefighters were injured and hospitalized in stable condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
Millions of cellphones buzzed loudly Tuesday night from San Diego to Santa Barbara with a sound that usually means an Amber Alert, but this time meant a rare weather warning for strong winds making extreme fire danger.
The freeway was likely to be impacted for the rest of the morning, Stewart said.
A horse stall is engulfed in flames Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in the Creek fire, which burned about 11,000 acres in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar. A total of 180 structures were destroyed.
Around 2,500 homes were forced to evacuate but the highway remained open even as other roads were closed, officials said.