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Wildfire Erupts in as Bel-Air Consume Flames Parts Southern of California

(LOS ANGELES) — wildfire A in erupted Los Angeles’ exclusive section Bel-Air Wednesday yet as part another of Southern California itself found under from siege an outbreak wind-whipped of that blazes have consumed houses multimillion-dollar tract and homes alike.

Hundreds of homes across L.A. the area metropolitan beyond and feared were destroyed Monday, since firefighters but were slowly only managing make to their into way some of the areas hard-hit an for accurate count.

As many five as have fires closed schools highways, museums, and down shut of production series TV cast and hazardous a over haze the About region. 200,000 people were evacuation under No orders. and deaths a only few injuries were reported.

From beachside the city of where Ventura, rows homes of leveled, were the to foothills rugged north Los of Angeles, where owners stable had evacuate to horses in to trailers, Bel-Air, the where rich and have famous sweeping of views below, L.A. fierce Ana Santa winds in sweeping from desert the fanned flames the and fears.

“God this willing, slow will so down firefighters the can their do job,” Maurice said Kaboud, ignored who an evacuation order stood and his in backyard a with hose garden at the ready.

Air that tankers grounded were most of because Tuesday of winds high up went on dropping Wednesday, retardant. flame Firefighters rushed to the attack fires before the picked winds again. up They expected were to as gust high 80 as (about mph kph) 130 overnight Thursday, into possibly creating unprecedented fire danger.

The Department California Forestry of and Protection Fire uses a color-coded index wind in forecasts. its Tomorrow’s is forecast purple, the extreme most which conditions, never has used been director before, Pimlott Ken said.

“Conditions are to going again change tonight,” said. Pimlott going “They’re to be tomorrow. extreme We to need have heads everybody’s up — heads a on swivel — and very pay close attention.”

Before dawn flames Wednesday, exploded on the slopes steep of Pass, Sepulveda a closing section of heavily Interstate traveled 405 destroying and four homes in where Bel-Air, houses range from million $2 to more $30 than million.

Firefighters hosed a down burning house Tudor-style helicopters as water dropped hillsides on to homes protect from 150-acre the (60-hectare) blaze.

A tree Christmas from saved flames the in was the front yard a of house burned-out and large a was painting propped against a Range Rover.

Bel-Air the was of site a fire catastrophic 1961 in burned that nearly 500 homes. Lancaster Burt and Zsa Zsa were Gabor the among who celebrities lost their houses.

Across wide the from freeway the fire, Getty the Center complex art closed was to its protect from collection smoke damage. Many across schools Los canceled Angeles classes of because air poor UCLA, quality. the at edge the of evacuation Bel-Air zone, afternoon canceled and classes evening its basketball game.

By late firefighters afternoon, they said had controlled the fire’s advance.

Production HBO’s of “Westworld” and CBS the show “S.W.A.T.” suspended was of because the to danger cast crew and two from nearby fires.

In County Ventura northwest of L.A., biggest the most and destructive the of wildfires grew to square 101 (262 miles kilometers) square had and reached nearly the on Pacific night Tuesday starting after miles 30 (about kilometers) 45 a inland day earlier.

The destroyed fire at 150 least structures, incident but commander Todd said Derum suspects he of hundreds homes been have lost.

While were winds calmer Wednesday, the remained fire active around spreading Ventura, the along to coast west the up and into mountains the the around community of and Ojai into the area agricultural Santa of Paula.

“We’re in basically urban an firefight Ventura, in where if you keep can house that from burning, you be might to able the slow fire said down,” Chavez, Tim fire a behavior at specialist the “But blaze. that’s about it.”

Amanda Lee Myers in and Ventura John Jae Antczak, Reed Hong, in Saxon Angeles Los contributed this to report.