Thousands of individuals, many of them from the outskirts of L.a., the nation’s second-largest metropolis, have been forced to abandon their homes as catastrophic wildfires raged over southern California on Thursday.
Residents of Los Angeles, America’s second-largest city, have had to abandon their homes as blazing flames sweep over southern California, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes.
Hurricane-force winds gusting up to 80 mph (130 kph) fanned the flames, resulting in surreal views of hillsides enveloped in billowing smoke & towering plumes of flames. Read also The White House Says The Us Government Is “Getting Ready” For Another Shutdown.
There has only been one fatality in the fires thus far, despite the severity of the situation. According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Tim Lohman, an unidentified body was discovered overnight in the county.
Monday’s supposed death by fire turned out not to be the case, as earlier reported.
There are more over 4,000 firefighters on the ground in Los Angeles County & Ventura County, along with dozens of aircraft and helicopters, according to fire officials.
In response to the fires, California National Guard has announced the deployment of 65 personnel to help combat the seasonal Santa Ana winds.
As a result, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) issued a warning for homeowners to be prepared to flee at a moment’s notice.
Cal Fire issued a tweet warning that “very dry conditions & Santa Ana Winds would continue to raise fire hazard.” In the event of an evacuation, make sure you & your family are prepared to go.
Ken Pimlott, the head of Cal Fire, stated that the windy conditions were making it more difficult for firefighters to contain the blazes.
Firefighting will be impossible in high winds like this, Pimlott has predicted.
In Los Angeles’ Bel Air area, where so many celebrities own houses & media tycoon Rupert does have a $30 million residence, multi-million dollar homes were damaged by the fire.
Affluent Los Angeles neighbourhoods between Mulholland Drive and Sunset Boulevard were included in the evacuation zone, along with Bel Air.
Firefighters were battling the “Skirball” blaze near the Campus of California, Los Angeles’ huge campus two days before final exams began.
Ventura County was threatened by the “Thomas” fire, a far more massive inferno, which was blazing further north.
50,000 people have been evacuated from their homes as a result of the blaze, which has scorched 38,850 acres of land, according to Cal Fire.
More than 230,000 people were displaced from Los Angeles & Ventura counties, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Major north-south routes, including Route 101, were shut down for a time as the fire spread across roads and threatened coastal properties.
The “Skirball” fire broke out early on Wednesday morning and quickly spread across the wealthy Bel Air neighbourhood, where SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and music star Beyonce reside.
To make certain that everyone had left their homes, police officers knocked on doors & utilised loudspeakers.
Celebrities like comedian Chelsea Handler & fashion designer Adrienne Maloof took to Twitter to announce that they too had to escape the area.
Singer John Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen was among those evacuated.
When Teigen tweeted, “Never thought I’d get to start playing what I believed was a theoretical game about what would you take if there had been a fire,” she meant it literally.
“We’re fine and we’ll be OK, no matter what happens. While I consider the others who have been touched and as I continue to cherish firefighters as I have for the entirety of my life, “She went on to say that.
More residences and the Getty Center museum could be at danger as a result of strong winds, forecasters warned.
The Getty Museum, which houses treasures by artists like Monet and Rembrandt, was shut down for the day.
Tweeted museum officials, “Air filtrations are shielding the exhibitions from smoke.”
This has been the deadliest year in California’s history for wildfires. During the October wildfires, and over 40 people were killed in wine-producing areas.