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Wildfire burns homes, winery in LA's posh Bel-Air neighborhood

Wildfire burns homes, winery in LA's posh Bel-Air neighborhood

Homes on Moraga Drive, Linda Flora Drive, Casiano Road down to Bellagio Road, east of the 405, south of Mulholland Drive, North of Sunset Boulevard and west of Roscomare Road are now under mandatory evacuation orders.

Some 30 structures were destroyed by the Creek Fire by Tuesday evening, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

"I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials", Trump wrote on Twitter. "We have mobilized additional resources to the impacted areas, and we are working to restore electric service as quickly and safely as possible", said SCE CEO Kevin Payne. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a local state of emergency in response to the latest new fire, the 125-acre Skirball Fire, named for the cultural center near the 405 that was threatened, along with the affluent residential enclave of Bel Air.

At least two homes were ablaze Wednesday morning.

A wind-whipped wildfire raged on Wednesday into a wealthy Southern California neighborhood, destroying at least four homes, threatening dozens more and scorching a building at a winery owned by billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

House with pool on fire
Wildfire burns homes, winery in LA's posh Bel-Air neighborhood

Thomas was the largest of a number of wildfires that broke out across Southern California following the onset of the Santa Ana winds. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) continued to warn that outages and downed-power lines could be widespread, reporting that overall outages dropped to about 2,900 Wednesday afternoon.

The fire also forced a mass evacuation of large animals, primarily horses but also others such as alpacas.

The Los Angeles Police Department ordered mandatory evacuations and the California Department of Transportation closed Intereste 405 between Highway 101 and Interstate 10. Residents living west of the 405 should brace for evacuations as well in the event the flames cross the freeway. Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas told Curbed over 500 homes were lost in that tragic fire.

Stewart says 47 firefighters are on the scene, setting up protection for homes at the top of the steep slopes. The wildfire started at 4am Tuesday and rapidly spread in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest, located above the neighborhood of Sylmar in the San Fernando Valley.

The largest and most destructive of the blazes, an 85-square-mile wildfire in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, had almost reached the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday night after starting 30 miles inland a day earlier.

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