Over 200,000 have been forced to flee their homes as a massive wildfire rages across Southern California.
This is the second major wildfire to hit California in recent months. The last wildfire hit Northern California and resulted in governor Jerry Brown asking President Trump for billions in emergency aid.
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The wildfires that have ravaged Southern California are expected to worsen Thursday, as dangerous winds are expected to fan the flames in different directions and forcing new evacuations.
Winds on Thursday topped 50 mph already in some areas, keeping residents across the region wary as more than 200,000 people have been forced from their homes and nearly 200 homes and buildings have been destroyed since the fires broke out Sunday.
“These are the kind of conditions that keep public safety officials up at night,” Janet Upton, deputy director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said, according to SFGate.com. “This is the worst-case scenario that we prepare for but we hope doesn’t happen.”
The Skirball Fire – named after the Skirball Cultural Center in northern Los Angeles – burned 475 acres in the Sepulveda Pass near the Getty Center, The Los Angeles Times reported.
The museum closed Wednesday while the fire was held back. The fire was five percent contained as of Wednesday afternoon.
To the north, in Sylmar, California, the ‘Creek fire’ has spread 12,605 acres. Forecasters predict some areas to have 80 mph winds. It is only 5 percent contained, The Times reported. A total of 180 structures were destroyed.
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