Strong winds and dry conditions are fueling the flames in southern California

Brush fire threatens homes in Bel Air area I-405 closed from 10 to 101

Forecasters predicted that winds could cause fires to spread further, threatening more upscale homes and the acclaimed Getty Center museum.

Residents of wealthy LA neighborhoods between Mulholland Drive to the north and Sunset Boulevard to the south were part of the evacuation zone.

The fire, which was zero percent contained, was being whipped by unpredictable Santa Ana winds, which blow in from the California desert. Fortunately, GoFundMe has verified a number of fundraisers that are accepting donations right now for a variety of causes related to the fires, whether for general relief and reconstruction, or for individual families affected by the fire. A total of 180 structures were destroyed. There have been no reported injuries.

A red-flag warning has been extended through Saturday across much of Southern California as firefighters struggle to get a handle on several wildfires raging across the region.

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. The blaze has now grown to 150 acres. The northbound and southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway, which had previously been shut, have been reopened, KCBS reported.

A major Santa Ana weather event with wind gusts between 70 and 80 miles per hour, and low relative humidity are to blame for the Skirball fire, which is threatening Los Angeles' affluent Bel Air neighborhood, officials said.

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The wildfire jumped the major artery U.S. Highway 101 to a rocky beach northwest of Ventura, bringing new evacuations, though officials said the sparse population and lack of vegetation in the area meant it was not overly risky, and the highway was not closed.

"Today was scariest morning commute of my life", tweeted musician Rick Patrick. When Knutson first received texts from his friends about the fires on Monday, he was not anxious, but within the next three hours, his parents could see flames from their house.

Fires continue to rage in Southern California, forcing the evacuation of at least 27,000 people in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, as well as putting thousands of acres of land at risk.

A resident hoses a burning palm tree during the Creek Fire in Sunland, California. The fire broke out in the Rye Canyon Loop and grew to 5,000 acres by Tuesday afternoon.

Wild winds could easily send make new fires explode too, as one did Wednesday in Los Angeles' exclusive Bel-Air section, where a fire consumed multimillion-dollar houses that give the rich and famous sweeping views of Los Angeles. The fire injured two people, one critically, and forced closure of northbound Interstate 215, said Eric Sherwin, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

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