150-Acre Skirball Fire Spurs Evacuations, Freeway Closures In California

New Fire Threatens Getty Center/405 Freeway

Wildfires raging across Southern California shut a major commuter artery in Los Angeles and threatened to engulf homes in the wealthy Bel Air neighbourhood, including the winery estate of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.

As of Thursday morning, the fire had destroyed 15 homes and damaged 15 others, officials said. It is 10 percent contained. Strong Santa Ana winds are pushing multiple wildfires across the region, expanding across tens of thousands of acres and destroying hundreds of homes and structures.

The LAFD's "brush burning index" that rates the fire danger was at 296 - "the highest number I've ever seen in my career", according to Terrazas. That year, the Shekell fire in Ventura county charred 5,504 hectares and damaged or destroyed 18 structures.

"We heard the fire engines before six o'clock this morning, and we said, 'Maybe we should start getting our stuff into the vehicle'".

The horse was escaping the fire in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles when it fell into the crevice.

In the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, the Creek Fire destroyed at least 30 homes, charred more than 4,800 hectares and forced the evacuation of 2,500 homes. Twenty-nine horses died at a ranch in Sylmar, the Los Angeles Times reported. They called owners of the dead horses to inform them of the news after returning to the property, according to the Times.

More news: American and Other Airlines To Ban Smart Bags

Since the harvest was completed two months ago and the vines are dormant, future production shouldn't be affected by smoke from the fire, Rich said. As the fire burned on Tuesday, the Foothill (210) Freeway was closed in both directions between the Golden State (5) Freeway and the Glendale (2) Freeway, but the freeway had been reopened by Wednesday afternoon, though some freeway ramps remained closed, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The fire, which has scorched 12,605 acres, broke out at 3:42 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads in the Kagel Canyon area. The family that built the ranch more than 20 years ago was forced to flee the property when a fire crew arrived the morning of December 5. Containment is expected in seven days.

ABC 7 reported 350 firefighters from 52 engine companies were stationed at the scene, supported by helicopters making water drops and six fixed-wing aircrafts.

In San Bernardino County east of Los Angeles, firefighters mopped up a handful of fires totaling less than 500 acres, according to fire personnel.

"The numbers are still the same", said Nathan Judy, fire information officer for the Angeles National Forest on Saturday.

Related News:

  • Chrome Apps to die everywhere but Chrome OS

    Chrome Apps to die everywhere but Chrome OS

    Google's Chrome Remote Desktop has emerged as a major Teamviewer alternative considering its ease of use and Google compatibility. The more powerful Chrome Apps were "packaged apps", which could run in the background and access hardware like USB ports.
    Storm Caroline will pose 'danger to life' with 90mph gusts

    Storm Caroline will pose 'danger to life' with 90mph gusts

    The Met Office has a yellow "be aware" warning in force from 00:05 GMT on Friday to 18:00 on Saturday. Snow and falling temperatures are also forecast for parts of Britain later in the week.
    Robert Mueller has spent $3.2 million on special counsel's Russian Federation  investigation

    Robert Mueller has spent $3.2 million on special counsel's Russian Federation investigation

    Deutsche Bank told Bloomberg it "always cooperates with investigating authorities in all countries". A bank spokesman said Tuesday that Deutsche Bank had no comment on the Handelsblatt report.
  • Facebook adds support for live streaming and video chats to Messenger games

    Facebook adds support for live streaming and video chats to Messenger games

    Once chose, you can pick the crowd you need to communicate to and add a short portrayal to say something in regards to your video. This is a great tool for broadcasters or just friends to use to enhance their connections and conversations with friends.
    A New Tomb Raider Game To Be Revealed in 2018

    A New Tomb Raider Game To Be Revealed in 2018

    The official Facebook page announced the following message: " Square Enix is excited to share some big news with you next year". Take for example, the very first capital letter from each sentence in the statement and you get "Shadow" as a word.
    Smith-Schuster, Iloka suspended one game in Steelers-Bengals aftermath

    Smith-Schuster, Iloka suspended one game in Steelers-Bengals aftermath

    Asked if that comment was related to Burfict, Brown said, "I ain't talking about nobody". Smith-Schuster will miss the Steelers' home game against Baltimore on Sunday night.
  • Volkswagen manager gets seven-year sentence for dieselgate role

    Volkswagen manager gets seven-year sentence for dieselgate role

    Schmidt's lawyers argued that his role only heated up in 2015, years after others at VW hatched the scheme. Both the imprisonment and fine were at the top end of sentencing guidelines.
    Tennessee Vols Hire Jeremy Pruitt To Replace Butch Jones

    Tennessee Vols Hire Jeremy Pruitt To Replace Butch Jones

    The Seminoles defense also led the nation in interceptions with 26, while they allowed the third fewest yards per game (248.2). Prior to his time in Tuscaloosa, Pruitt served as the defensive coordinator at Georgia (2014-15) and Florida State (2013).
    Tarantino Star Trek Movie?

    Tarantino Star Trek Movie?

    The crux of Tarantino's argument was that the best Star Trek episode scripts could easily be expanded into a 90-minute movie. He has never taken the reins on a franchise, though he did once direct an episode of ER and a couple of episodes of CSI .
  • Top 10 Sexiest Asian Women 2017: Priyanka, Nia Beat Deepika

    Top 10 Sexiest Asian Women 2017: Priyanka, Nia Beat Deepika

    The two actresses marked their Hollywood film industry debut this year - xXx: Xander Cage (Deepika) and Baywatch (Priyanka). The actress' this big secret was leaked by her Quantico co-star Alan Powell who shared a picture on Instagram.
    Firewall Zero Hour PSVR game sneak peak, playable at PSX 2017

    Firewall Zero Hour PSVR game sneak peak, playable at PSX 2017

    The Last Guardian VR is referred to as a " demo ", but don't go getting any ideas about a bigger project in the works. The Last Guardian VR Demo will be available on Tuesday, December 12th for PlayStation VR .
    Google pulls out Youtube from Amazon devices, spat turns ugly

    Google pulls out Youtube from Amazon devices, spat turns ugly

    Amazon did not immediately respond when asked if Apple TV will return to Amazon's online store now that it supports Amazon Prime. As the world's largest online retailer, it's no surprise that Google is so keen to be featured on Amazon's stock list.


Most liked

Sam Allardyce Calls for Calm Everton Heads Ahead of 229th Merseyside Derby
Paul Merson has predicted that Everton will "park the bus" during their game against Liverpool this weekend. 'Yes, we've had a lot of success in the derbies but this is a new game.

Pantone announces its 2018 Color of the Year
On its website, Pantone went into depth about why this particular purple was ideal to color our world in 2018. One of the hottest color trends this year was millennial pink.

Pakistan allows Kulbhushan's meeting with wife, mother on Dec 25
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May had halted his execution on India's appeal. "We have sought consular access". Jadhav has filed a clemency appeal with Pakistan's Army chief, which is pending.

Breast cancer symptoms to look out for
Using hormonal contraception for less than one year did not increase women's risk of breast cancer. The same goes for any other form of hormonal contraception.

Quentin Tarantino's 'Star Trek' movie to be R-rated, reports say
Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter both confirmed earlier this week that directors Quentin Tarantino and J.J. The declining profits may be one reason the studio is considering the audacious Tarantino .

North Korean missile threat forced Singapore Airlines to reroute flights
At the latest launch on November 29, flight crews on planes run by airlines such as Korean Air and Cathay Pacific reported sightings of missile activity while in the air.

Netflix Finally Announces The 'Black Mirror' Season 4 Premiere Date
Created by Charlie Brooker , Black Mirror's fourth season will be available on Netflix on December 29, 2017 . All three seasons of Black Mirror - including the Channel 4 produced series - are available now on Netflix.

Senate confirms Trump's pick to lead Department of Homeland Security
A Virginia native, Nielsen attended the University of Virginia School of Law after graduating from Georgetown. Democrats complained that Nielsen lacks the experience needed to run a major agency with 240,000 employees.

Same-sex marriage bill looks set to pass Parliament
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged lawmakers to approve the marriage bill by Christmas. "What a day for love, for equality, for respect", said.

Instagram Tests Direct for a Stand-Alone Messaging App
Direct, which now opens to the camera in a similar way as to how the other social media photo-based platform Snapchat does. As of April 2017, Instagram Direct, still married to the Instagram app, had around 375 million active monthly users.

Russian Federation 'will not bar athletes' from Games
The IOC accused Russian Federation of systematic violations of anti-doping rules, particularly during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The IOC has already stripped Russia of 11 medals from the Sochi Olympics and banned more than 20 Russian athletes for life.

Al Franken announces resignation from the Senate
Amy Klobuchar tweeted a response to the news on Wednesday afternoon: "Sexual harassment is unacceptable. Mark Dayton will pick a successor who will serve until a special election next year.

A new Portal game will launch this month-Bridge Constructor Portal
The adaptation of the Bridge Constructor physics puzzle series launches December 20 for Mac, Windows, Android and iOS. Console versions are set to follow in early 2018 according to the developer.

Amazon Prime Video now available on Apple TV
You can watch Amazon Prime Video at home or on the go by downloading it onto your Android or Apple device. Amazon stopped selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast on its website after a year of launching Fire TV.

JAL invests heavily in supersonic Boom
The payoff for the investment is likely years away when Boom doesn't expect the first aircraft to enter service until 2023. The Franco-British jet traveled at twice the speed of sound, crossing the Atlantic in just three and a half hours.