Malibu hit by the wildfires that have been ravaging Southern California

There are no immediate reports of fatalities
There are no immediate reports of fatalities

07 Diciembre, 2017

The fast-moving brush fire started around 5am local time on Wednesday near the Getty Center.

John and Julie Wilson sort through the remnants of their burnt out home after the Thomas wildfire swept through Ventura, California, on Wednesday.

Member station KCLU says that firefighters have made progress, raising containment of the Thomas Fire, the largest of several, from zero to 5 percent.

As of Wednesday, Southwest Airlines did not have any plans to cancel or delay flights leaving from LAX.

Around 27,000 people in southern California have been forced to leave their homes because of wildfires.

The cities of Ventura and Santa Paula - 70 miles north of Los Angeles - have been the worse affected areas, and have now been completely evacuated.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles and Ventura counties which will free up state resources. The blaze is about 220-square kilometres in size and has burned over 26,000 hectares.

At least four major fires had engulfed large tracts of land in the metro area's north and west, with the Thomas Fire reaching 90,000 acres by Thursday morning. Authorities have opened 16 evacuation centers throughout the Los Angeles area.

So what is the forecast?

"Today was scariest morning commute of my life", tweeted musician Rick Patrick. She said it gets easier, but the hurt doesn't goes away.

Though every museum has its own way of protecting the priceless works inside it, the Los Angeles Times notes that the Getty Center was constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the very kind of emergency it's currently facing.

The Creek Fire was the second blaze to erupt.

But with tinder-dry conditions and powerful Santa Ana winds whipping through the mountains and canyons of northwest Los Angeles County, they remained ready for fresh conflagrations. It is only 5 percent contained, The Times reported.

The Creek Fire has destroyed 11 homes and injured two firefighters, KTLA reported.

"He has a higher obligation to his constituents and the Senate, and he should step down immediately", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement Wednesday.

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