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L.A. Is Burning: 200,000 People Flee Record Fire

L.A. Is Burning: 200,000 People Flee Record Fire

LOS ANGELES — Disaster can strike everywhere — even in some of America’s richest and most exclusive neighborhoods.

Six wildfires have destroyed homes and caused the closure of one of America’s busiest freeways around Los Angeles while forcing nearly 200,000 people from their homes. All total, 141,000 acres have burned in the fires, which stretch from L.A. to San Diego. They are being fed by strong winds and dry conditions.

“It was dark until I saw a gigantic ball of orange,” motorist Tiffany Lynette Anderson wrote on Instagram Wednesday.

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Anderson was driving to work on Interstate 405 between South Central Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley when she encountered the Skirball Fire. The fire scorched hundreds of acres and burned several homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood just north of Beverly Hills.

The fire was so intense that it forced authorities to close the 405 — one of America’s busiest freeways during rush hour, The Los Angeles Times reported. A mandatory evacuation area for the fire included the Getty Center, a popular art museum.

One of the wildfires, the Thomas Fire in Ventura, is the largest December wildfire in California’s history.

‘I Was Going To Die In This House’

The fire is burning near some of the city’s most famous neighborhoods including Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard, Brentwood and UCLA. The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) campus is close to the fire but had not been evacuated.

“I was going to die in this house,” resident Beverly Freeman told The Times. She woke up to find her neighborhood burning. “The flames have never come so close.”

Freeman got out safely but lost all her belongings.

“It’s been years since anything here has burned at all,” Los Angeles Fire Department Captain Cody Weireter told The Times. “You’ve got heavy, heavy brush, you’ve got the dryness, obviously, we haven’t had any rain at all. A lot of the fire is topography-driven, which already becomes dangerous. The wind is going to increase that twofold.”

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  1. Well you live in the creosote brush areas and there is a lot of brush grown up over the years. It is going to burn and you better be ready for it. This seems to happen every 20 25 years that is burns off.

    I remember the big fires in Bellaire in the 60’s and the people just went right back and rebuilt were they just got burnt out. Our tax dollars at work!

    The big cry will be for Federal money so the damm fools can rebuild in the same fire zones again. Aren’t these sanctuary cities in a sanctuary state? Let California pay for this, oh ya that’s right they are broke giving freebies to the illegals.

    Just like the damm fools in the Hurricane sates always wanting the Federal tax payers to pay for their stupidity.

  2. For about two days, three of the five major routes out of LA were closed by fire. May have to get a boat.

  3. And in CA, it’s illegal to make a fire break around your house.
    Some idiot plant or animal or something is protected.

  4. The fires were manmade with special laser beams. Just because you have dry brush doesn’t mean it all has to catch on fire. The Elites want to ruin California so everyone leaves.

  5. idk but this some conspiracy typa stuff

  6. You have to have controlled burns in order to prevent the fires from getting too out of hand. In the Pac NW, we do so along with clear cutting so that that forests can only burn in sections with rare exception. Given it’s a tinder box in Cali most of the year, they need to be more aggressive about it.

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