Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Multiple wildfires destroy homes in Los Angeles County

Multiple wildfires destroy homes in Los Angeles County

Wind gusts are expected to reach 80 miles per hour in some spots, with humidity under 10%. Ventura County authorities said air pollution measures in the Ojai Valley were "off the charts".

Six fires burning out of control amid hurricanes in California have claimed the life of a woman as well as hundreds of homes.

"Honestly, the firefighters are taking a beating, but we have to acknowledge the residents because they're taking a beating, too, but they're cooperating with our orders", said Thomas Kruschke, spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department.

In Los Angeles, the Burning index rating, a daily reading of fire danger, is now at 296, according to fire officials, a record. It means that a house is burning.

The weather conditions have been too hard for firefighters to gain the upper hand against numerous wildfires, with the combination of the winds, lack of significant rain for at least 8 months, and some of the driest air ever measured in this part of California.

Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said Thursday that the California National Guard has activated 65 members to provide security for the wildfires. "These will be winds that there will no ability to fight fires".

San Luis Rey residents on Camp Pen are in an Evacuation Warning status.

Satellite imagery from the wildfires burning in Southern California shows where the new hot spots are - the danger zones amid an expected resurgence of Santa Ana winds.

"Prepare now to ensure if evacuated you and your family are ready to GO!"

While October is supposed to start the region's rainy season, the past two months have been extremely dry, with just.11 inches of rain reported in Downtown Los Angeles since October and no traceable amounts of rain reported at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Clark said.

The exception to the evacuation order was the Bel Air Crest housing development, which was not threatened, Garcetti said.

The smoke plume from the fires extends over 1,000 miles into the Pacific, which would stretch from New York City to Miami.

Further to the north, in Ventura County, an even bigger blaze, the "Thomas" fire, was raging and threatening several coastal and inland towns.

Officials said that the body of a woman had been found in a burnt-out area and two people suffered burns near San Diego.

Warning of "extreme" fire behavior, authorities and said those fighting the Creek Fire were facing multiple difficulties.

The Skirball Fire in the Sepulveda Pass and Bel-Air was about 20 percent contained Thursday, with firefighters working to prevent the eastward spread of the blaze that has destroyed four homes, damaged 12 others and prompted thousands of evacuations.

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