Friday, 15 December, 2017

Wildfire burning near the Getty Center in Los Angeles

Evacuations ordered in Bel Air as wildfire burns near the 405 freeway Homes Burning in Bel-Air; 405 Freeway Closed Near Skirball Center
Kenny Thornton | 08 December, 2017, 04:42

State fire officials say the worst is yet to come.

It is so bad that the National Weather Service - which normally uses yellow, orange and red to gauge how severe the wind will be on its graphs - created a whole new color, purple, to depict the extreme conditions expected Thursday. This year, however, none has fallen in three months - making firefighters' work even more challenging. Gusts of more than 45 miles per hour in the fire areas were picking up embers from the burning hillsides and structures, sending them wafting downwind where they set additional homes on fire.

Firefighters battle the Creek fire Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at a home on Kagel Canyon Road. By noon Wednesday it had scorched 14,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 110,000 people.

As of 8 a.m., the 405 freeway was closed from the 101 to the 10, and Sunset Blvd.is also closed near the 405.

"This fire is very risky and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said. Neither is Bel-Air CC, though CBS Los Angeles said the course closed Wednesday "out of an abundance of caution". "And they were like, 'Get out, get out, get out, '" Patricia Padilla told the Los Angeles Times.

In San Bernardino County, two smaller fires sprang up.

Nissan to launch self-driving cars by 2022
They will also be able to select recommended local destinations and sightseeing routes, depending on what they want to do. Japanese vehicle giant Nissan has announced it will begin testing autonomous "robo-taxis" in Yokohama from March.

The Skirball Fire started near the 405 Freeway and Mulholland Drive just before 5 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. And the Los Angeles Unified School District said the student bodies of Hubbard and Harding schools in Sylmar would be redirected to San Fernando High School at 11133 O'Melveny Ave.in San Fernando.

The University of California, Los Angeles announced that classes would be cancelled on Thursday due to the campus' proximity to the fire. The Skirball Cultural Center is also closed, and the center tweeted that ticket holders for "Noah's Ark" will be issued refunds.

The fire began as crews are spread across Southern California fighting several brush fires, including the Thomas Fire, the Creek Fire and the Rye Fire.

The fire's cause hasn't been determined.

"If a circuit is turned off, then it will not be re-energized until wind speeds have been reduced and the circuit has been assessed, which may include a physical inspection", the statement said.

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