An inferno engulfed the Los Angeles region Wednesday, forcing more than 200,000 people to flee and threatening thousands of homes, as well as the city's Skirball Jewish educational center.
Some 30 structures were destroyed by the Creek Fire as of Tuesday evening, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The LAX Twitter account reported delays along the Van Nuys-LAX shuttle route on Wednesday due to the fires, but subsequently sent out an update on Thursday to assure travelers that traffic was back to normal.
Meanwhile, the Thomas Fire continues to chew up large swaths of Ventura County, where 65,000 acres are burning. And downtown Los Angeles has received just 0.11 inches of rainfall since the beginning of October, typically the region's west season, according to data from the National Weather Service.
A firefighter hoses down flareups at the two story Hawaiian Village Apartment complex that burnt to the ground during the Thomas wildfire in Ventura, California on December 5, 2017.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption High winds meant the fires spread very quickly, making them very hard for firefighters to control.
Ley de Seguridad Interior contiene peligrosa ambigüedad: ONG
El gobernador de Durango José Rosas Aispuro Torres avaló la propuesta de Ley de Seguridad Interior . Incluso limita la posibilidad de contar con policías capacitadas.
The California wildfires have burned through so much acreage in the Golden State that the smoke is visible from space.
Wind gusts were forecast to top out at 70mph on Wednesday and remain strong through the week.
"It's definitely moving", Ventura County Sheriff's Capt. Garo Kuredjian told the Los Angeles Times. However, although numerous freeway closures are significantly affecting LAX-bound traffic, the airport itself is not facing any major flight delays at this time.
Donoghue says investigators were still trying to determine if the death was connected to the wildfires or if the person was trying to evacuate from the area. The blaze was so close to the road that both directions of the freeway were closed, and homes were evacuated in Bel-Air. THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work!