How To Help The California Wildfire Victims From Anywhere In The World

Thomas Lauder  Los Angeles Times

It was the worst of four fires that by late Tuesday had burned more than 66,000 acres in Southern California, prompting Gov.

A man walks among the ruins of a home destroyed by the Thomas Fire as smoke obscures the sky in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017.

"This just shows us that there is no fire season anymore", McLean said.

According to the Los Angeles Times thousands of homes were still threatened by flames, 27,000 people were forced to flee.

According to ABC 7 News Los Angeles, the Salvation Army's Ventura chapter is accepting donations of food and water to be distributed at the county's fairgrounds, which is where many evacuees of the fires are now being housed. Mayor Eric Garcetti said the gusty winds expected to last most of the week had created a risky situation and he urged 150,000 people under mandatory evacuation orders to leave their homes before it's too late.

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.

The "Skirball" fire ignited Wednesday morning and quickly grew to engulf about 150 acres around the district, home to celebrities and billionaires including SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and pop superstar Beyonce.

Wild winds could easily send make new fires explode too, as one did Wednesday in Los Angeles' exclusive Bel-Air section, where a fire consumed multimillion-dollar houses that give the rich and famous sweeping views of Los Angeles.

"Very strong winds" blowing from the northeast to the southwest were causing the fire to balloon, he said, warning Angelenos to be ready to flee at a moment's notice.

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The fire, which was zero percent contained, was being whipped by unpredictable Santa Ana winds, which blow in from the California desert.

The Little Mountain Fire broke out about 12:28 p.m. Tuesday on a hill behind a strip mall south of California State University San Bernardino, and spread to 100 acres by the afternoon.

Emergency alerts warned residents of extreme Santa Ana winds, with gusts expected of up to 90 miles per hour, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Harrison, as quoted by the Los Angeles Daily News.

US President Donald Trump tweeted a message of "thoughts and prayers" to California as it nears the end of its deadliest year ever for wildfires.

Winds will gradually weaken Friday and Saturday, officials said.

The "Skirball" fire also prompted authorities to close the 405 Freeway, a major commuting corridor.

Another fire, named the Skirball fire, reportedly began near the Sepulveda Pass in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, and is now at zero percent containment.

The Thomas Fire, which is raging through Avrea's hometown, is the largest of five active fires burning around the Los Angeles area.

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