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California Wildfires Continue to Spread, Closing Freeways and Destroying Homes

08 Diciembre 2017

Fires continue to rage in Southern California, forcing the evacuation of at least 27,000 people in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, as well as putting thousands of acres of land at risk. According to museum officials, the priceless works housed inside the famed Getty Center are said to be perfectly secure and won't need to be evacuated from the facility.

Eric Sagara, a journalist who's reported extensively on wildfires, also points out the changing winter precipitation patterns can prompt the growth of more fire fuel. Fire crews also reported there were only light winds.

One of the region's major freeways, the 405, has faced closures due to the wildfires.

Steve Andruszkewicz and his wife used a garden hose to spray palm trees to keep them from burning as glowing embers whirled in the wind and flames raced down a hillside across the street from their beachside home early Thursday. As many as 150 buildings have been destroyed by the blaze, with many more yet to be counted. Doors and windows were closed in a bid to protect the priceless possessions inside.

"We are in the beginning of a protracted wind event", said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Some 200 firefighters were able to douse a blaze that erupted by a cluster of homes not far from Malibu High School, officials said.

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"Heck yeah I'm still worried", Rosenzweig said.

Teams made up of more than 1,000 firefighters are attempting to contain the fires igniting across the region.

Astronauts on the International Space Station took photos of the smoke from the Southern California wildfires affecting the Los Angeles area on the week of Dec. 4, 2017.Astronauts on the International Space Station took photos of the smoke from the Southern California wildfires affecting the Los Angeles area on the week of Dec. 4, 2017.

Four structures have been destroyed, and 11 damaged, all of which were residential, authorities told reporters.

"Leaving an animal behind the way you have to do in a situation like this rips your heart out", she said.

California Wildfires Continue to Spread, Closing Freeways and Destroying Homes