Unlike in Wine Country fires, mutual aid is rushing to Southern California


One big reason is that the fire season is essentially over in Northern California, so departments were more able to send resources, said Jason Hodge, firefighter and spokesman with the Ventura County Fire Department. It has totally destroyed four structures and damaged 11 others.

The fires have periodically closed major routes in the area, including Interstate 405 and Highway 101, making it more hard for people to get around.

"Obviously, this is a fire that is burning much less intensely", Garcetti said Thursday afternoon, while warning that conditions remain unpredictable with strong winds expected through the weekend.

The fire broke out near the 405 Freeway and Mulholland Drive just before 5 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, said in a statement at a news conference that, "These are days that break your heart".

"It's not our goal to create panic", Upton said, "but when the predicted situation is so dire that it makes you lose sleep at night, you have to impress upon the public the severity of the situation".

Mr Murdoch, who owns British newspapers The Sun and The Times, lives in a mansion on his $30 million Moraga Vineyards estate, dubbed "the only commercial vineyard in Los Angeles". "We are stretched thin".

After the fire began, the northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway were closed at Bel Air Crest Road all the way back to Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles. "I threw a lot of expensive things and some photographs in a bag and prepared to evacuate to our Palm Springs house".

"They told even us to leave", one of the officers said.

Her sister heeded the advice and the family made it safely to the school.

Fires flared up Thursday along the highway, forcing an evacuation of dozens of homes at Faria Beach. The difference is, that one hit in November and lasted only two days.

However, they provided good news during the 7 a.m. news conference, saying the Creek Fire was 10 percent contained despite high winds throughout southern California. "Right now we're experiencing favorable wind conditions. but we are anticipating a continuation of the red flag conditions throughout the week, at least until Friday".

"We have a very sophisticated filtration system that was built into the Getty and it literally reverses the flow of air", Hartwig said.

The destructive blaze broke out as firefighters tried to corral the largest fire in the state that was burning around Ventura — 130 miles (209 kilometers) to the north — and destroyed 430 buildings as it grew to 180 square miles (466 square kilometers) since Monday.

"We don't have a good feel on which direction this fire is heading", Stewart said. "Maybe it means everybody who evacuated was prepared".