Hundreds of firefighters battle dynamic brush fire in Southern California

Laura Christensen
December 7, 2017

The Thomas Fire in Ventura continued to be the worst, raging out of control over more than 65,000 acres and reaching a portion of the Pacific Coast. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it approved grants to help cover the cost of emergency work for the Thomas Fire and two others.

And to the north of Los Angeles, firefighters were stretched thin as they battled a giant home-destroying blaze in Ventura County.

Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas warned that the firefight is likely to continue until at least Friday.

The Los Angeles Police Department, meanwhile, was on a citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders maximum flexibility in deploying resources.

It has been reported that Rupert Murdoch's Bel Air estate is in the line of fire.

If the fire crosses the 405 freeway, it will hit one of the highest priced residential areas of Brentwood, she added.

As the fire expanded and jumped south of the 210 Freeway, so did the mandatory evacuation area.

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- Mason Recreation Center, 10500 Mason Ave., Chatsworth.

The acclaimed Getty arts institution - home to masterpieces including "The Spring" by Edouard Manet - was closed until at least Thursday, with museum authorities tweeting that "air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke". The Pomona Fairplex also opened its stables for evacuated animals.

Some 500 firefighters are battling the fire along with water-dropping helicopters and airplanes laying down streams of fire retardant.

- for small animals, West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St.; East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.; and Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd, Sunland/Tujunga. Classes were canceled at all schools in the Ventura Unified School District on Wednesday.

A brush fire has erupted on the west side of Los Angeles along Interstate 405 in Sepulveda Pass.

This map, published by the Daily News, shows where the fire is burning right now-and how close it is to landmarks such as the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center. "Watching through the windows, there is a lot of smoke", said Berry, who fled his home immediately to a safe area.

The unsafe Santa Ana winds that have fanned fires across Southern California this week have diminished over the new LA fire but conditions are very dry, with just 9 per cent relative humidity.

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