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Skirball Fire Pictures And Videos: Wildfire Rages Near 405 Freeway, Bel Air

Skirball Fire Pictures And Videos: Wildfire Rages Near 405 Freeway, Bel Air

Pimlott says the winds could hit 80 miles per hour (129 kph) and make it impossible to fight Southern California wildfires that have destroyed at least 200 homes and buildings.

The Getty Center was already set to be closed Wednesday due to the other wildfires burning in Southern California.

As The Associated Press notes, "The wilder winds could easily make new fires explode too, as one did Wednesday in Los Angeles' exclusive Bel-Air section, where a fire consumed multimillion-dollar houses that give the rich and famous sweeping views of Los Angeles".

It's the same region of Los Angeles where hundreds of homes burned in the famous 1961 Bel Air Fire.

"Strong winds over night creating extreme fire danger", said an alert sent by the countrywide emergency system in Los Angeles.

Heavy Santa Ana winds blamed for spreading the infernos still threaten to multiply the destruction.

"We are losing some property and that is tragic, but the most important thing is peoples' lives", said City Councilman Paul Koretz.

More than 250,000 homes were without power and all schools in the Ventura Unified School District cancelled classes for Wednesday.

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In the San Fernando Valley area in north Los Angeles near the community of Sylmar, the so-called Creek Fire has burned more than 11,300 acres and prompted 110,000 people to be evacuated from the area, officials said.

Mary Plummer, a reporter with member station KPCC in Pasadena, tells Morning Edition that "these fires are affecting a real range of geographic areas - some very urban, some very rural".

Little flame was visible by late Tuesday, but in the morning fire exploded on the steep slopes of Sepulveda Pass, closing a section of heavily traveled Interstate 405 and destroying four homes.

"We don't have a good feel on which direction this fire is heading", Stewart said.

In Ventura County northwest of L.A., the biggest and most destructive of the wildfires destroyed at least 150 structures.

The fire fight improved as winds calmed, allowing officials to do battle in the air and on the ground when the fire was moving slower.

"Winds have died down to allow fire department to get some control, but high winds/Santa Ana winds coming tonight", Freeman said via text message.

The 5:35 a.m. entry has been corrected to say west side.


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