Abril 26, 2018

Los Angeles Traffic Woes: Here Are the Roads Closed by the Fires

08 Diciembre 2017, 05:14 | Crisanna Felipe

This NASA Earth Observatory false-color image taken on Dec. 5 shows the wildfires in Ventura County Calif

This NASA Earth Observatory false-color image taken on Dec. 5 shows the wildfires in Ventura County Calif

The Philippine posts in the US will help the affected Filipinos, if any, "in any way we can", he said, adding that the consulate in Los Angeles has gotten in touch with some of the registered Filipino Americans in their jurisdiction.

California's unusual wildfire activity comes largely thanks to dry conditions in the region and the state's Santa Ana winds. Where are they gonna go?

As crews continue to fight the blaze, some residents are beginning to assess the damage to their foothill properties.

"In a wind-driven event, wind is king, " Hogan said.

"Wildfire is the scariest thing in the world for a manager", says Lincoln Bramwell, who was a firefighter during the 1990s and is now the Forest Service's chief historian. All eyes 60 miles north on the Thomas fire burning out of control for a third straight day.

Air tankers that had been grounded much of the week because of high winds flew on Wednesday, dropping flame retardant. At least 265 schools have been closed.

Declarations: Gov. Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation for Santa Barbara and San Diego counties. The declarations free state resources such as the National Guard to support response efforts.

They plan to stay on the ground for up to two weeks, hoping to be back in time for Christmas.

Thursday's fire prompted closure of state Highway 76 in both directions and evacuations in an area near the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base.

This NASA Earth Observatory natural-color image taken on Dec. 5 shows the wildfires in Ventura County Calif
This NASA Earth Observatory natural-color image taken on Dec. 5 shows the wildfires in Ventura County Calif

The fire was only 5 percent contained as of Wednesday night. This area hasn't burned in over half a century which is why it came in here so hot. If we needed a reminder of this, we got it with this year's dramatic season.

Skirball Fire: It started Wednesday as a brush fire in Los Angeles County and is now 30% contained. The blaze has consumed 50,500 acres on its journey to the ocean.

"The Los Angeles County animal shelter said it was hosting 184 pets including llamas, donkeys and horses while reports said 29 horses were burned to death on Tuesday at a ranch in the Sylmar neighbourhood of Los Angeles".

For the first time, the Los Angeles Fire Department Thursday plans to deploy drones to help coordinate its battle against a pair of wildfires threatening homes in the city. Compounding problems Thursday were dry weather and merciless winds, with gusts predicted to reach the strength of a Category 1 hurricane in mountainous areas. And downtown Los Angeles has received just 0.11 inches of rainfall since the beginning of October, typically the region's west season, according to data from the National Weather Service.

The Thomas Fire has burned more than 100,000 acres - more than twice the size of Washington DC.

It spread over 31,000 acres in nine hours, which is nearly an acre per second. Located in Flagstaff's municipal watershed, it helped reduce the fuels that would have driven the next major fire.

The "Skirball" fire ignited Wednesday morning and began to sweep through Bel Air, home to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, pop superstar Beyonce and other celebrities.

Surrounded by strong winds and smoke, Songsri Kesonchampa aimed a garden hose at a large pine tree between her Faria Beach house and the fire, attempting to fend off disaster. The fire briefly shut down access to the 5 Freeway from Highway 126 and triggered mandatory evacuations.

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