A look at the California wildfires' jaw-dropping numbers

Angelo Anderson
December 8, 2017

The wildfires sweeping through California have left countless homeowners and businesses scrambling as the blazes continue to grow out of control in various locations throughout the state.

Southern California Edison, the electric utility serving Ventura County, may shut down its power lines in high-wind areas this week to prevent more fires from breaking out, the company said Wednesday. The closure led to massive congestion on many streets in the San Fernando Valley and in West Los Angeles.

Those conditions continued through much of Tuesday, as the fire swept through neighborhoods, destroying hundreds of homes.

The Skirball fire - near a cultural center of the same name and captured in apocalyptic images - also prompted authorities to close the 405 Freeway, a major commuting corridor famous for its traffic congestion. More than 125 firefighters have been on the scene, and water-dropping helicopters are reportedly being used to quench the flames.

The groups' concerns have been aimed primarily at the Los Angeles Police Department, which has also been authorized by the Police Commission to begin a pilot program for using drones in select tactical situations. That means they need new legions of firefighters to try to get them under control.

Immediately, she said, they packed their cars with clothes and with family mementos like her sons' bar mitzvah videos, grabbed the family dog, Georgie, and a few other items they had accumulated in the 20 years they lived there.

"These are days that break your heart; but these are also days that show the resilience of our city, " Garcetti said. "So it pushes air out of the building rather than allowing air filled with smoke and ash to come in". The fire broke out near the 405 Freeway and Mulholland Drive just before 5 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

Winds will gradually weaken Friday and Saturday, officials said.

That fire has now reached 96,000 acres, and officials fear the worst wind day so far this week in Southern California as the region battles major brushfires, scorching nearly 120,000 acres altogether. The Thomas Fire is more than three times the size of the Tubbs Fire (36,807 acres), which was the most destructive of the fires in Napa and Sonoma counties back in October.

Veteran firefighters said they had not seen wildfires here with the scope of this one, now extending dozens of miles from near Santa Paula in Ventura County to the edge of Carpinteria, a city of 13,000 people.

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