California 'Skirball' wildfire threatens LA Jewish educational center

Mindy Sparks
December 7, 2017

The winds continued to blow Tuesday as Tovey, the city of Ventura electrical inspector, patrolled the perimeter of the Thomas Fire in his city vehicle, turning back residents trying to reach their homes.

Q: How do high winds affect the firefight?

Chef and restaurateur José Andrés, whose World Central Kitchen organized chef volunteers and donations to serve more than 3 million meals to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, in a tweet indicated that his crew was on the way to Los Angeles to work with the Red Cross to feed those displaced by fire.

Dozens of homes have been destroyed in this view of the Thomas fire from helicopter on December 5, 2017, in Ventura County.

The Skirball Cultural Center, which features museum exhibits and other events related to Jewish life and Israel, announced on Twitter it would be closed until further notice, and ticket holders for exhibits in the coming days would be reimbursed.

Police knocked on doors and used loudspeakers to make sure everybody had left their mansions.

He added: "If the winds pick up, we will face quite a challenge". He put his camera and his dogs in his vintage burgundy vehicle and left the home where he has lived for several years, its fate uncertain. By comparison, the Times reports the Creek fire has burned through some 14,000 acres, while the Rye fire has burned about 7,000 acres.

Among those evacuated was model Chrissy Teigen, wife of singer John Legend. "We simply don't know what this fire will do".


The so-called Skirball Fire was reported before 5 a.m. on Wednesday in Bel-Air, and resulted in the complete closure of the 405 freeway, which is now partially reopened.

The edges of both Los Angeles and Ventura are dotted with horse-keeping properties, and when flames roared in people barely had time to get their animals to their own evacuation centers.

Flames exploded before dawn on the steep slopes of Sepulveda Pass, which carries heavily traveled Interstate 405 through the Santa Monica Mountains where ridge tops are covered with expensive homes.

The extreme conditions propelling a massive blaze in Ventura County eerily resemble those of the destructive Tubbs Fire that devastated Sonoma and Napa counties in early October, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection official said Tuesday.

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.

"You don't expect things like this", Jake Sandell, a resident of Santa Paula in Ventura County, told Reuters TV.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it had released funds for relief services.

Once again, thousands are fleeing wildfires in California.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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