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Los Angeles Wildfire Threatens Getty Museum

07 December 2017

Residents in Sullivan Canyon and Mandeville Canyon were told to be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.

Today's forecast is purple, the most extreme condition, which has never been used before, director Ken Pimlott said.

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Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in an exclusive ridge-top neighborhood in Los Angeles as a risky new wildfire burns in Southern California.

The fires have have now crossed over the main coastal highway and reached the Pacific Ocean, on America's West Coast. The Thomas Fire spread to an estimated 65,000 acres in Ventura County and was zero percent contained.

Fifteen engines from the Creek Fire were moved to the Skirball Fire Wednesday, the chief said at a morning news conference.

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According to Hartwig, the Getty campus's many buildings and the priceless artworks they hold are not at risk from the fire.

Heavy Santa Ana winds blamed for spreading the infernos still threaten to multiply the destruction. More than 12,000 buildings were under threat, officials said Wednesday.

More than 250,000 homes were without power and all schools in the Ventura Unified School District cancelled classes for Wednesday.

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The freeway was likely to be impacted for the rest of the morning, Stewart said.

Stewart says 47 firefighters are on the scene, setting up protection for homes at the top of the steep slopes.

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She said firefighters stepped in to douse the flames with the aid of helicopters and that other storage sheds, the winery itself and the estate's unoccupied house are not damaged.

The water-dropping planes and helicopters essential to fighting massive fires have been mostly grounded because it's too risky to fly in the strong gusts.

The same vicious winds that made three Southern California wildfires so destructive are also making the firefight itself more hard.

At least 30 homes have been destroyed, and seven firefighters suffered minor injuries battling that blaze, which broke out as a brush fire at around 3:43 a.m. Tuesday and was whipped by winds gusting at 70 miles per hour, fire officials said.

"Winds have died down to allow fire department to get some control, but high winds/Santa Ana winds coming tonight", Freeman said via text message.

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Los Angeles Wildfire Threatens Getty Museum