Southern California utility may shut down power lines to prevent fires

Wildfire forces thousands to flee homes north of Los Angeles

"Based on the apparent location of the origin of both the Thomas fire in the Ventura and Santa Barbara area and the Creek Fire in Sylmar, and the performance of SCE's system, SCE has no indication that the company's facilities were a source of these fires", it said in a press release.

Air tankers that had been grounded much of the week because of high winds flew on Wednesday, dropping flame retardant. The Thomas fire is by far the biggest and most widespread of them, having reportedly burnt up more than 60,000 acres of land. More than 300 personnel from the Los Angeles Fire Department are on the scene and are being supported by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, LAPD and the Angeles National Forest and CalFire, officials said during a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

By Tuesday morning, the Thomas Fire had burned into Ventura, a city of more than 105,000 residents located about 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles on Highway 101.

In Bel-Air, that's exactly what they did.

Unfortunately, if the line has been knocked down or become entangled in tree branches, a recloser's burst of electricity can ignite vegetation and start fires.

"We're hoping they get a handle on those fires and that everyone can come home", May said. He put his camera and his dogs in his vintage burgundy vehicle and left the home where he has lived for several years, its fate uncertain.

USA media reported that the Bel-Air Moraga Estate of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, which contains a vineyard, was threatened by the wildfire.

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Among those evacuated was model Chrissy Teigen, wife of singer John Legend. "We're very grateful but I know we're not out of the woods". At 7:30am, authorities ordered residents living south of Mulholland Drive, east of the 405, north of Sunset Boulevard, and west of Roscomare Road to evacuate their homes, RT reported.

The Getty arts institution - home to masterpieces including works by Edouard Manet - was closed until at least Thursday.

The prestigious University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) is near the same area and also ended up evacuating, after students began the day wearing masks.

Dozens of schools were closed, as was Santa Monica College.

According to ABC 7 News Los Angeles, the Salvation Army's Ventura chapter is accepting donations of food and water to be distributed at the county's fairgrounds, which is where many evacuees of the fires are now being housed. Again, if you live in or around the affected areas, the Humane Society of Ventura County is a great option to donate human food for volunteers, pet food for animals, or money to keep things running smoothly.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it had released funds for relief services.

The winds, which originate inland, are similar to the Diablo winds that fueled the wildfires in Northern California.

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