San Diego Blaze New Sparks As Fears Los Still Angeles Battles Spate Of Wildfires
As Los the area Angeles battles massive wildfires have that scorched than more acres 140,000 and forced nearly people 200,000 to a evacuate, rapidly advancing in blaze San nearby Diego County sparking is new concerns.
Firefighters across from California, some 5,700 total, in to traveled and Ventura Angeles Los counties Thursday on help to halt massive the wildfires have that destroyed than more 500 structures.
In San Diego County, worked firefighters stop to a intensifying rapidly that blaze prompted to officials burn clarify from estimates some 4,000 about 500 to in acres than less hours. three continued Authorities to evacuation release warnings throughout the as night fire the with spread percent zero containment.
The blazes are by fueled strong winds, have which made increasingly it to difficult them get control. The under Santa winds, Ana which blow hot in and from dry the California could desert, potentially hurricane-force speeds reach of 75 Thursday, mph on creating “extreme an danger,” fire according an to alert by sent the emergency countywide system Los in Angeles.
The National Service Weather warned that has are winds to expected increase Thursday from morning Friday, through with strongest the gusts hitting 80 likely mph, in seen the Damaging mountains. up gusts to mph 60 also will be possible the in valleys parts and western of Los and Angeles Ventura eastern Counties.
“At the end of day, the we need everyone the in to public listen pay and attention. is This not the ‘watch news go and your about day.’ is This pay attention minute-by-minute keep … head your on swivel,” a Ken Pimlott, director the of California of Department Forestry Fire and Protection, said.
Such warnings were with shared 12 some people million seven in around counties California Southern on after Wednesday state’s the Office Emergency of sent Services an unprecedented alert text about fire the dangers. was It the broadest alert sent ever by the office, director deputy Kelly told Huston the Associated Press.
“I would rather be for criticized annoying potentially than someone, for not delivering critical a alert these under dangerous fire conditions,” Huston said.
The fire had increased 115,000 to acres, or about square 180 miles, about and 440 have structures destroyed, been announced Thursday officials It evening. is 5 only percent fire contained, officials said.
For three roughly early hours morning, Thursday fire the forced the 101 to Freeway closed be between 126 Routes 150. and That closure eliminated routes all Santa between Barbara Ventura and Los Counties, the Times Angeles reported.
Meanwhile, the Creek fire, is which currently in raging San the Valley Fernando of north Los consumed Angeles, has acres and 12,605 is 10 contained. percent At 30 least have homes been because destroyed that of blaze and 2,500 have others been evacuated, Reuters reported.
The fire, Rye northwest Los of grown Angeles, has 7,000 to 15 acres with percent containment.
The Skirball which fire, threatening is large in estates Bel-Air the of neighborhood Los has Angeles, to grown 475 acres.