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Despite strained resources, firefighters persist in battle with Southern California fires

By in Press Enterprise on December 7, 2017

By Susan Abram

As tens of thousands of Southern California residents continued to stay back from wind-whipped flames that pressed down on their neighborhoods, about 4,000 firefighters from across the region rushed toward a new blaze on Wednesday and returned to battle old ones.

The massive, wind-driven Thomas fire in Ventura County burned 90,000 acres as it headed into its third day Wednesday night. At least 150 homes and structures were destroyed, and 12,000 homes remained threatened. The fire was at zero percent containment as 1,176 personnel continued to fight the blaze from air and ground.

In Los Angeles County, a trio of wildfires kept crews working in long shifts, including the Skirball fire, which destroyed four homes and damaged another 11. The early morning blaze near the Getty museum kept morning commuters from driving on the 405 freeway. The blaze burned 475 acres. In the northeast San Fernando Valley, at least 900 firefighters worked to contain the Creek fire near Sylmar, where more than 12,600 acres had been charred, and at least 30 homes and structures had burned and was 5 percent contained, officials said. A total of seven Los Angeles firefighters were injured, but none with life-threatening injuries.

In Santa Clarita, the Rye fire ate 7,000 acres and was 10 percent contained.

  • LA City firefighters put out hot spots in the Skirball Fire on a canyon along Linda Flora Drive in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)


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