Southern California wildfires force mass evacuations in Los Angeles

       Thousands forced to flee California wildfires

Video Thousands forced to flee California wildfires

"They're going to be sent out to California as ground resources and they're going to be on the front lines fighting the wildfire directly", Caley Fisher, public information officer for the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, said.

The Santa Ana winds occur most often in the fall and winter.

Fisher says her department received the official request Tuesday for help in California. We may find our footing by finally embracing the fact that we can't always be in charge.

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

The Thomas Fire has burned a 10-mile path from Santa Paula to the Pacific Ocean, jumping U.S. Highway 101 along the way.

Hundreds of homes burned in the area during the famous Bel Air Fire of 1961. The Skirball fire covered 450 acres as of Wednesday morning. One is fully contained, while the Little Mountain Fire is at 34 acres.

Strong Santa Ana winds, combined with dry and hot weather, have led to a series of fires across the Southern California region, starting in Ventura County on Monday.

At least 40 people were killed when fires ripped through parts of northern California's wine region in October.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a statement of emergency. Most of the outages were caused by the 65,000-acre Thomas fire in Ventura County.

The Southern California fires have affected some of the area's busiest traffic arteries.

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The boundaries for the mandatory evacuation zone are Sunset Boulevard to the south, Roscomare Road to the west, and Mulholland to the north. That affects 46,000 people. The much smaller Skirball Fire was considered 5 percent contained and has prompted the evacuation of about 700 homes, one apartment building and an elementary school, according to SCPR.

But the hard-won progress of firefighters could be erased Thursday.

Evacuations have been ordered and a wider area has been told to be ready for orders to leave. Four homes burned near Bel Air before firefighters got the upper hand. And by midmorning Wednesday, the Skirball fire had already consumed a half-dozen mansions and 150 acres of some of L.A.'s most expensive and desirable properties, The Los Angeles Times reported.

After some pleading, the rabbit runs out of the flames and, after a few stumbles, into the man's arms.

"Now, everything that I have, except for my lovely family, is gone", she said.

No civilian casualties or fatalities have been reported.

"It's the reason we do the job". He said, "We want the fire-wise communities, so if a fire starts, we can jump on it and put it out".

Commanders hoped to have them back in the air on Wednesday morning, but all indications are the winds will be whipping then too.

How many people have evacuated?

The figure is calculated based on moisture levels, wind, humidity, and a range of other factors.

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