Striking images show California wildfires from space

In the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, the Creek Fire destroyed at least 30 homes, blackened more than 12,000 acres (4,800 hectares) and forced the evacuation of 2,500 homes and a convalescent center.

Namely, a fire that broke out near the Getty Center in Los Angeles Wednesday morning has forced a significant part of the 405 freeway to close-one of the most congested freeways in Los Angeles. The fire, which caused Gov.

Southern California has been hit hard by four major fires that have put tens of thousands of people under evacuation orders and destroyed nearly 200 homes and buildings, a figure that is almost certain to grow.

"We're hoping they get a handle on those fires and that everyone can come home", May said.

The largest and most destructive of the fires, an 85-square-mile (220-sq. kilometer) wildfire in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, had almost reached the Pacific on Tuesday night after starting 30 miles (48 kilometers) inland a day earlier.

As happened during the North Bay fires, gusting winds rapidly spread flames and struck at night when aircraft couldn't be used to battle the blazes.

Additional evacuations were called for late Wednesday in the Ventura area, where 50,000 people had already fled their homes over the last three days.

In issuing his emergency proclamation to secure state and federal disaster resources, Brown cited the destruction, the threats to critical infrastructure and the high winds.

A Los Angeles County Fire helicopter flies over the Skirball Fire which began early morning in Bel-Air, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017.

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

A resident hoses a burning palm tree during the Creek Fire in Sunland, California.

It has now burned through 11,377 acres, and is five percent contained, Garcetti said in a Wednesday afternoon press conference.

By 8 a.m., the fire had covered 50 acres, and 25 miles per hour winds are expected to help it grow.

Once again, thousands are fleeing wildfires in California.

Fred Mariscal said Red Cross officials expect about 400 people at the shelter Tuesday night.

The flames have swallowed about 80,000 acres (32,000 hectares) in just over a day since the "Thomas" fire, now the state's largest, broke out, leaving at least one person dead in an area about 45 minutes' drive from downtown LA.

Melissa Rosenzweig, 47, was briefly back home Wednesday after evacuating from her Ventura house, which has been spared so far while most on her street had burned in the largest and most destructive of the region's fires.

One key facet of helping protect people from wildfires is preventing and avoiding them in the first place.

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