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Southern California utility may shut down power lines to prevent fires

08 Décembre 2017

By mid-morning, the size had grown to about 150 acres.

"We also can look for hotspots, " Terrazas said.

At least one hilltop house burned Thursday afternoon after a fire broke out near large tracts of homes near the city of Murrieta in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles.

Tens of thousands of people fled their homes, running from fires without any idea of when they could return or what they might find.

Residents by Casiano Road and Linda Flora Drive have been ordered to evacuate, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Both were closed for the day, as was Santa Monica College and all schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district.

More than 4,000 firefighters and dozens of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters have been deployed to combat the fires in Los Angeles County and Ventura County, fire officials said.

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About 100 officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were sent to the neighborhood to handle evacuation orders, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. The Rye and Creek fires, continued burning through a combined 29 square miles north of Los Angeles, while the Skirball Fire's smaller reach forced evacuations in ritzy Bel Air and caused the University of California in Los Angeles to cancel classes on Thursday, just two days before final exams.

The fire was burning in the same general area as the devastating Bel Air Fire of 1961.

At the same time, the San Diego County Fire Authority reported that 20 structures had burned in a blaze near the inland San Diego County community of Bonsall, about 161km south of Los Angeles. That blaze destroyed about 500 homes and led to various policy changes, including a prohibition on wood-shingle roofs and the strict requirement to remove brush from around properties.

Flames from that fire surrounded Ojai, the popular winter retreat that is home to about 8,000 people, on Thursday morning, officials said. Fifty-two fire engines were deployed to the scene.

Evacuation centers have been established at Delano Recreation Center, 15100 Erwin St., Van Nuys; Balboa RC, 17015 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys; Sherman Oaks RC, 14201 Huston St., Sherman Oaks; and Westwood RC, 1350 Sepulveda Blvd., Westwood. Firefighting crews set up on the southbound side of the 405 to prevent the fire from jumping the freeway, and northbound vehicles were being turned back. While the freeway closures were in the name of safety, one negative result was a massive gridlock in one of Los Angeles' most congested and busy areas.

Southern California utility may shut down power lines to prevent fires