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08 December 2017, 05:21 | Devin Moran
'The Fire is Out of Control': Blazes Fueled by High Winds Sweep Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Fire Department uses a Burning Index rating to determine the level of fire danger/threat to the area. It grew about 31,000 acres in about 9 hours - that's almost an acre per second the fire was spreading. "If the winds pick up, we will face quite a challenge". High winds combined with heavy smoke and blowing ash hindered firefighters' ability to contain those fires, including the Skirball Fire.
The museum, the spokesperson toldMic, will remain closed Thursday.
The house, featured recently in Los Angeles Magazine, was in "immediate danger" he said.
Some 1,000 firefighters battled to save homes, with one suffering a minor injury, Welsbie said.
Several wildfires are tearing through the south of the state with the biggest engulfing the Los Angeles region Wednesday, forcing more than 200,000 people to evacuate and threatening thousands of homes, including the luxe Bel-Air neighborhood dotted with mansions. "The Getty Center was designed as a Type A fire-resistant complex, with sophisticated air filtration and fire protection systems".
More than 250,000 homes lost power, utilities said. Information about schools closures within the Los Angeles Unified School District can be found here.
Santa Ana winds, which have exacerbated the fire, will be returning Wednesday night and last through Saturday.
The Skirball fire started near the Getty Museum, Skirball Cultural Center and 405 freeway, and has already burned 150 acres. The winds died down overnight, and that helped keep the fire from spreading, Los Angeles Fire Department Assistant Chief Armando Hogan said.
An image shows the scene on the morning commute for drivers in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning.
Though every museum has its own way of protecting the priceless works inside it, the Los Angeles Times notes that the Getty Center was constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the very kind of emergency it's now facing.
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