Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Hundreds of firefighters battle dynamic brush fire in Southern California

Hundreds of firefighters battle dynamic brush fire in Southern California

About 700 firefighters responded to what was labeled the Creek Fire.

Gov. Jerry Brown late Tuesday issued an emergency proclamation for LA County due to the effects of the Creek and Rye Fires that all day Wednesday continued to threaten infrastructure, destroy homes and prompt evacuations. The Thomas Fire spread to an estimated 65,000 acres in Ventura County and was zero percent contained.

"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.

"I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials", the president said on Twitter.

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Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar was closed today.

Multiple wildfires are raging throughout Southern California, smothering the region in smoke.

State fire authorities say the fire burning in Ventura County about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles is also considered a threat to 12,000 structures Wednesday.

Thomas was the largest of a number of wildfires that broke out across Southern California following the onset of the Santa Ana winds.

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Commuters have uploaded videos and photos showing apocalyptic scenes as the fire rages next to the 405.

Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas warned that the firefight is likely to continue until at least Friday.

"It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so". The La Tuna Fire in September also sent massive amounts of smoke into the air above Los Angeles and forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes.

Authorities have opened 16 evacuation centers throughout the Los Angeles area.

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The fire erupted before dawn Wednesday on the east side of Sepulveda Pass, which carries heavily travelled Interstate 405 through the Santa Monica Mountains on the city's western side.

More than 250,000 homes lost power, utilities said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was working to evacuate residents near the area of Lopez Canyon and Kagel Canyon, according to LA County Fire.

Students at a variety of Los Angeles Unified School District campuses were affected by the fire, with students diverted to alternate campuses to keep them out of the fire's path.

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"The area had been burned through three years ago in a big brush fire", said resident, Anna Determan, who have lived there for around 32 years.

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