Fires menace Los Angeles

The Thomas Fire burns through dry brush in the Los Padres National Forest near Fillmore on Friday Dec. 8 2017

The new inferno appeared in the ritzy residential enclave, Bel-Air neighborhood in the Westside area of Los Angeles, when the fire seethed out of control over the Southern California, near iconic landmarks such as the University of California, Los Angeles campus as well as the Getty Museum, the home to ancient masters' paintings and old Roman statues. Winds could gust to 80 mph in the early hours of Thursday, causing embers to spread even more. Ventura County authorities said air pollution measures in the Ojai Valley were "off the charts".

About 8,800 homes are without power - a sliver of Southern California Edison's 15 million customers, but those numbers could change because flames were burning along power transmission paths.

By Thursday winds gusts should increase to around 30 to 50 miles per hour along with low humidity, "which means very, very dry conditions, very windy conditions. which is a recipe for explosive fire growth", Rich Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Wednesday evening.

No civilian casualties or fatalities have been reported from the blazes but three firefighters were injured, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. It means that a house is burning.

Romualdez said the wildfires have been strong because the wind and the humidity in the area were a "very lethal combination".

The Pentagon announced that the California National Guard is deploying 65 troops to assist in the firefighting efforts, which are being hampered by the seasonal Santa Ana winds.

"The thing that stopped that fire was the wind died down", Terrazas said.

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"Prepare now to ensure if evacuated you and your family are ready to GO!" The exception to the evacuation order was the Bel-Air Crest housing development, which was not threatened, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Heavy, gray smoke from the fires was visible across Los Angeles.

That blaze - the Thomas Fire - extended dozens of miles from near Santa Paula in Ventura County to the edge of Carpinteria, a city of 13,000 people, a stiffening wind posing the most threat.

That fire has consumed 38,850 hectares and forced 50,000 people to flee their homes, Cal Fire said.

Warning of "extreme" fire behavior, authorities and said those fighting the Creek Fire were facing multiple difficulties.

Major north-south highways, including the famed Route 101, were closed temporarily as the fire jumped over the road and menaced beachfront homes.

Police knocked on doors and used loudspeakers to make sure everybody had left their homes. The incident caught the attention of a veterinarian, who tranquilized the horse, and the locals helped break down the structure the horse had fallen between and firemen helped get the horse out of the ditch and to an evacuation center, according to Silva's Fox 11 report.

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