30 horses killed as wildfires consume 83000 acres near LA

30 horses killed as wildfires consume 83000 acres near LA

30 horses killed as wildfires consume 83000 acres near LA

For the first time, the Los Angeles Fire Department Thursday plans to deploy drones to help coordinate its battle against a pair of wildfires threatening homes in the city.

The Getty Center and the nearby Skirball Center, both on the west side of the freeway, did not appear to be threatened, though both will remain closed Thursday.

The Skirball Fire in the Sepulveda Pass prompted evacuations and shut down a major freeway early Wednesday.

30 horses killed as wildfires consume 83000 acres near LA

In Los Angeles, the Burning index rating, a daily reading of fire danger, is now at 296, according to fire officials, a record.

Around 5 a.m. we learned reports of a 10-acre fire burning near the Getty Museum.

"These are the kind of conditions that keep public safety officials up at night", said Janet Upton, deputy director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire. 4 structures confirmed destroyed, may be up to 6.This all according to Los Angeles Mayor.

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The two blazes in the city of Los Angeles came after LAFD had sent firefighters to the massive Thomas Fire in Ventura County.

"If a circuit is turned off, then it will not be re-energized until wind speeds have been reduced and the circuit has been assessed, which may include a physical inspection", the statement said. California Gov. Jerry Brown also declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The Getty Center has a sophisticated air filtration system that can reverse directions and push air out, Hartwig said.

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As fire swirled around them Wednesday, employees at the Getty Center, which is now featuring masterpieces by the Italian painter Caravaggio, announced on Twitter that the art galleries would be closed.

UCLA, about 3 miles from the Skirball Fire, canceled classes Wednesday afternoon.

"This fire is very risky and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said.

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Huge, fast-spreading wildfires in southern California have already destroyed at least 200 homes. And the Los Angeles Unified School District said the student bodies of Hubbard and Harding schools in Sylmar would be redirected to San Fernando High School at 11133 O'Melveny Ave.in San Fernando.

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