150-Acre Skirball Fire Spurs Evacuations, Freeway Closures In California

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Los Angeles police said as of 8 p.m., residents in portions of the Skirball Fire evacuation area were allowed to return home. It is 10 percent contained. A smaller fire in San Bernardino is entirely contained, according to ABC News.

The largest, named the Thomas Fire, has covered some 90,000 acres. "Both Emergency Declarations direct relevant City departments to take all necessary steps to protect life and property in the area affected by the fires", Garcetti's office said in a statement. The Lilac Fire, burning near the town of Bonsall north of San Diego, has destroyed 65 structures.

Twenty-nine horses also died earlier this week in the Creek Fire, burning in the Los Angeles County city of Sylmar.

The fire also forced a mass evacuation of large animals, primarily horses but also others such as alpacas. Animal Control officers were able to rescue several horses and a puppy, but could not immediately enter the barn due to the flames. The family was calling horse owners with the unfortunate news Wednesday.

The Getty Center, the Skirball Cultural Center and parts of the Hammer Museum remained closed.

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Since the harvest was completed two months ago and the vines are dormant, future production shouldn't be affected by smoke from the fire, Rich said.

In Ventura County, a woman's body was found in the wake of a fire in Ojai, marking the first confirmed fatality in the Thomas fire, which has burned across almost 100,000 acres, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The fire, which has scorched 12,605 acres, broke out at 3:42 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads in the Kagel Canyon area. The fire rings the city and 5,460 structures are threatened. Nearly 1,700 firefighters and other personnel were deployed today against the blaze, which was 20 percent contained as of 8:30 p.m. Red-flag parking restrictions will be lifted at 8 a.m. Friday. Containment is expected in seven days.

Red flag parking restrictions meant to keep streets open for firefighting equipment will expire at 8 a.m. Friday, according to Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas.

ABC 7 reported 350 firefighters from 52 engine companies were stationed at the scene, supported by helicopters making water drops and six fixed-wing aircrafts. The Angeles National Forest raised its fire danger level to extreme.

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