A dangerous wildfire that broke out in Los Angeles early Monday threatened hundreds of homes near the world-famous Getty Center. Strong winds spread the fast-growing fire that burned along a major highway west of downtown.
Fire chief Ralph Terrazas told reporters that the firefighters were overwhelmed. "They had to make some difficult decisions about which houses to protect," said Terrazas. "Often it depends on where the embers land."
In Northern California, improved conditions helped crews gain a foothold in forest fires that forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate. On Monday night, the authorities announced that the Kincade fire was 1
In Los Angeles, the fire department stated that the Getty Fire burned over 600 acres. According to Mayor Eric Garcetti, several neighborhoods have been evacuated and at least eight homes destroyed.
A video released by a motorist on social media shows one According to Carter Evans, CBS News correspondent, the page of the Highway 405 has been turned into a mighty inferno. Firefighters called it a dynamic situation.
The flames were fanned by strong winds that seemed to have calmed down before dawn, Evans reports. One of those evicted from the several fires near Los Angeles was Lakers star LeBron James.
Senator Kamala Harris also said her family in California had been evacuated due to the forest fires.
The Getty Fire and the Kincade Fire were among more than a dozen burn fires in California.
Below are live updates.
Kincade Fire grows to 74,324 acres.
Until 18.30. Local time Monday night, the Kincade Fire had grown to more than 74,000 acres, Cal Fire representative Jonathan Cox said at a news conference. The fire is now 15% contained.
The fire destroyed 123 buildings, 57 of which are residential, Cox said. Twenty more were damaged, and 90,000 are still at risk.
Cox estimated that the fire will be contained for the time being until November 7, but said it may take "weeks, if not months," until the flames are completely extinguished.
Due to another wind event is expected to begin on Tuesday. Further evacuation orders were issued to residents on the east side of Sonoma County. A representative of the National Weather Service predicted wind speeds of 20 to 30 miles per hour.
Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick said some people entered an evacuation zone near Geyserville with "criminal intent." Essick added that MPs had been arrested and the incident continued to be investigated.
80,000 Kincade Fire Endangered Buildings
The Kincade Fire is growing to more than 66,000 acres and is only 5% contained, said Cal Fire on Monday morning
Jonathan Cox of Cal Fire shared during a Sunday press conference with, two firefighters were injured. One suffered minor burn injuries, another suffered severe burn injuries and had to be flown to the UC Davis Medical Center.
The fire destroyed 96 buildings and damaged 16 buildings, and according to official sources almost 80,000 buildings are under threat.
The National Meteorological Service said there was "clearly challenging conditions on the fire lines" on Sunday. The wind is expected to turn on Monday and there will be a 24-hour wind with favorable conditions. But there will be another wind event on Tuesday night and no rain is expected for the remainder of the month.
One person was arrested on Sunday for possible looting in the Fire Zone.
Congressman says no "enforcement of immigration rules" in shelters
A California congressman said immigrant undocumented should not be afraid to go to shelters. Congressman Jared Huffman told reporters Monday morning that the Department of Homeland Security had assured him that there would be no "Immigration Enforcement Activities" in shelters.
"Anyone seeking services or protection from the immigrant community should do so with confidence that this is not the case, be immigration enforcement activities," the Democrat said.
California Residents Seek Safe Place in Evacuation Centers
While firefighters are fighting the Kincade Fire, Marin County faces housing shortage CBS News & # 39; Jonathan Vigliotti reports that thousands People have difficulty finding a place to stave off the firestorm. In a shelter of the Red Cross, which was set up on Sunday morning, waiting for a long queue of about 100 people on the boarding, and 200 people had already settled.
There were a lot of people with last-minute things before the evacuation, including cats and dogs. A python and a lizard had been brought to the shelter, reports Vigliotti.
More than 2 million people were without electricity. Many of them came to emergency shelters to receive a cell phone service.
Then there are those who are part of a compulsory evacuation, those who have no chance of staying home, many of them looking for a safe place to live. CBS News has learned that at least one more power outage is planned for Sunday, and as a result more shelters are being opened.
PG & E monitors third consecutive wind event
Pacific Gas & Electric announced on Sunday that it would monitor a third consecutive wind event that could affect 32 counties in Northern and Central California. PG & E began power cuts on Saturday to more than 2 million homes and businesses, including 1.3 million in the Bay Area.
The new event, potentially widespread, with strong and dry winds is forecast for Northern California for Tuesday morning until Wednesday noon, PG & E. The weather system is expected to have an impact on Kern County late Tuesday through Thursday morning.
Due to the predicted extreme weather conditions, PG & E is considering proactively turning off the power supply for safety reasons.
Parts of the counties that may be affected include, but are not limited to:
- Contra Costa
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- Humboldt [19659044Kern
- San Mateo
- Santa Clara
- Santa Cruz [19659044Shasta