Multiple fires have been burning across large areas in Southern California this week, and ferocious winds on Thursday are threatening to fuel the devastation.
Firefighters have been battling a series of wildfires throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties, which have burned some 116,000 acres so far. None of the fires are more than 15-percent contained, and according to the New York Times, the blazes have ravaged more than 300 structures, including homes and businesses, and city officials have closed many routes along the 101 and 405 freeways that have led to massive gridlock as families flee the danger. The Los Angeles Unified School District announced they have closed 322 schools for the rest of the week due to a thick blanket of smoke engulfing the city. The fires which have led to the evacuations of thousands.
With the combination of strong winds and dry weather, firefighters faced at least one new fire Thursday morning in Malibu, and in San Diego, a brush fire led firefighters to call in aircraft to help fight the flames. San Diego remains on high-alert as it braces for strong winds.
A US Wildfire Activity Public Information map shows the areas marking the …read more