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The edges of both Los Angeles and Ventura are dotted with horse-keeping properties, and when flames roared in people barely had time to get their animals to their own evacuation centers. She's on the line from Pasadena. Story after story of sudden and terrifying evacuations appeared. "Our air filtration system is very sophisticated: It basically reverses, so that air is pushed out rather than in and smoke is not able to get into the galleries to damage the collection in any way". Firefighters have only contained 5% of the blaze as high winds continue to whip the fire.
The first and largest blaze, the Thomas Fire, started Monday night in Ventura County.
Back in Ventura County, north of L.A., Santa Ana winds carrying hot and extremely dry air from inland, gusting 35 mph to 55 mph, continued to stymie firefighters.
A cloud of black smoke was creeping across the city with a large, dark column rising into the air, leaving authorities concerned about the air that was unbreathable in some places.
"We stand a good chance of a challenging night and day tomorrow", Cal Fire spokesman Tim Chavez said, adding that there's potential for fire growth on the northwest side and a high probability of spot fires. That gives us a chance.
There was a time not long ago when it would have been difficult to find fire officials, whose focus is most often on suppression, talking so publicly about how unmanageable some wildfires can become.
Another fire broke out early on Tuesday morning in Sylmar, closer to Los Angeles. About 150 buildings, including an evacuated hospital in Ventura, have burned down, CNN reported. As I've spoken with Sonoma County residents, it has become clear that anguish and deep grief will persist.
The California Department of Transportation has an app called QuickMap that is being updated live with more information.
There were no immediate reports of fatalities, Mr Welsbie said. Today's forecast is purple, the most extreme condition, which has never been used before, director Ken Pimlott said.
Winds are currently blowing toward the south, southwest, which has put the Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park and the Brentwood neighborhood north of Sunset Boulevard on notice.
Everyone's - you know, at all of these press conferences going on, the message to residents is really to be ready, to be packed and be ready because these winds are changing so fast, the fire conditions have been very unpredictable.
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About 500 firefighters were battling the blaze. "As the individual was evacuating from the fire, the car overturned", he said. In October, more than a dozen fires blazed through the northern part of the state, burning thousands of acres along the way.