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California wind, and fire danger, hits unprecedented high

California wind, and fire danger, hits unprecedented high

Evacuations have been ordered and a wider area has been told to be ready for orders to leave.

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

Wildfires have ripped through much of Ventura County in Southern California this week, drifting closer to Los Angeles as of Wednesday morning.

As of press time, the fire is heading from the east toward the Getty Center and toward UCLA.

The threat of the Rye Fire to Simi Valley has been reduced due to overnight firefighting efforts, Simi Valley police said Wednesday.

"It's heartbreaking for the Californians and we don't want to go back because we know what it's going to look like when we get there", Holmes said Wednesday.

Heavy Santa Ana winds blamed for spreading the infernos still threaten to multiply the destruction.

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Ms Langer said it appeared the seven acres of vines suffered only slight damage and the grapes already had been harvested. School systems in the area closed down as the fire continued to spread.

A weather vane is pictured on a ranch during the Creek Fire in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, in Sylmar, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. Mandatory evacuations were lifted by Wednesday afternoon, the county fire chief said.

Little flame was visible by late Tuesday, but in the morning fire exploded on the steep slopes of Sepulveda Pass, closing a section of heavily traveled Interstate 405 and destroying four homes.

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 fire fight improved as winds calmed, allowing officials to do battle in the air and on the ground when the fire was moving slower. Unusually, they were not backed by high temperatures. Firefighters rushed to attack the fires before winds picked up again.

The largest and most destructive of the blazes, an 85-square-mile wildfire in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, had almost reached the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday night after starting 30 miles inland a day earlier. Officials said the fire has destroyed at least 150 buildings, including an evacuated mental health facility.

The 5:35 a.m. entry has been corrected to say west side.


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