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Hundreds of firefighters battle dynamic brush fire in Southern California

Hundreds of firefighters battle dynamic brush fire in Southern California

Later a structure on the property was seen on fire as a water-dropping helicopter tried to extinguish the flames.

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

Meanwhile Rupert Murdoch's estate- which is one of the most expensive in the Los Angeles city limits- has also been evacuated. All other Sylmar-area schools will remain open.

The new fire also prompted the nearby Getty Center museum to close the doors at its hilltop campus to prevent damage to its world-class art collection.

Winds are now blowing toward the south, southwest, which has put the Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park and the Brentwood neighborhood north of Sunset Boulevard on notice.

The Creek Fire was the second blaze to erupt.

"It's a very hard moment, but we will get through this", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Tuesday, the New York Post reported.

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The risky Santa Ana winds that have fanned fires across Southern California this week have diminished over the new LA fire but conditions are very dry, with just 9 per cent relative humidity. The Strike team was assigned to the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County.

A 5 a.m. National Weather Service report showed a 22 miles per hour wind and 33 miles per hour gust at the Getty, followed by higher and variable winds later through the morning, but the fire did not jump across the pass even though the plume curled westward and out to sea.

The wildfires raging through southern California have gotten personal for media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his thoughts and prayers were with everyone in the path of the wildfires.

Thomas was the largest of a number of wildfires that broke out across Southern California following the onset of the Santa Ana winds. I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials. Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas told Curbed over 500 homes were lost in that tragic fire.

The house, featured recently in Los Angeles Magazine, was in "immediate danger" he said.

Fire Department spokesman Margaret Stewart says the fire was reported at 4:52 a.m. Wednesday and is burning uphill, driven by topography rather than winds. Residents living west of the 405 should brace for evacuations as well in the event the flames cross the freeway.


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