Adding to three other wildfires of California is another dangerous wildfire, started in Southern California on Wednesday and was fueled by the dry Santa Ana winds. The wildfire, which is called Skirball Fire, has burned about 475 acres near the large Bel Air Estates. Around 700 homes have been evacuated, forcing thousands of residents to flee their homes. Almost six houses have been burned down and damaged 11 others.
One of the buildings that was destroyed in the wildfire was billionaire Rupert Murdoch’s winery. Fire officials have said that only 5% of the fire is contained. The famous art installations in Getty Center museum is in jeopardy too.
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Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas stated that more than 350 firefighters from 52 engine companies are deployed to the scene and are supported by helicopters making water drops. The busy Interstate 405 Freeway is shut from both directions. “We are expecting some extreme wind behavior this evening,” said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby.
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The Skirball Fire is one of the several dangerous wildfires that has been incessantly blazing due to the Santa Ana Winds. Around 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles in Ventura, more than 1000 firefighters are trying to fight-off the biggest of the lot, the Thomas fire, which has already destroyed about 90,000 acres of land. Firefighters were able to control only 5% of the fire. Weather forecasters have stated that the strong Santa Ana winds and the low humidity, could offer “a recipe for explosive fire growth.”