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Southern California utility may shut down power lines to prevent fires

08 December 2017

That fire has now reached 96,000 acres, and officials fear the worst wind day so far this week in Southern California as the region battles major brushfires, scorching nearly 120,000 acres altogether.

Citywide, about 600 officers were assigned to coordinate security and various "firefighting events, " Beck said.

High winds caused another wave of wildfires to erupt overnight, including one in Los Angeles' affluent Bel-Air neighborhood.

Warning of "extreme" fire behavior, authorities and said those fighting the Creek Fire were facing multiple difficulties.

"These are days that break your heart; but these are also days that show the resilience of our city, " Garcetti said.

TRT World's Frances Read reports from Los Angeles.

The museum is now working with the police and fire departments in the area to determine the need for future closures and the evacuation of any personnel.

About 700 homes and an apartment building were evacuated Wednesday.

Rain and sleet Thursday, light snow possible overnight in Houston area
Pedestrians stroll past Jones Hall in the rain on Wednesday as a cold front barged into Houston, making it feel more wintry. While it will be a cold rain that falls through the day, temperatures will be too warm for any wet snow to mix in.

No evacuation orders were officially in place, however residents should be prepared to get out quickly, Stewart said.

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.

About 90 minutes south of Los Angeles, two fires were moving swiftly toward the town of Murrieta, scarring more than 900 hectares (2200 acres) of land and threatening hundreds of homes.

All northbound lanes near the Getty Center have been closed until further notice.

"The thing that stopped that fire was the wind died down", Terrazas said. Traffic has been diverted to exit on Santa Monica Boulevard. UCLA officials said university medical facilities remained open.

Sustained winds were gusting to 66 miles per hour at Boney Mountain in Ventura County, according to the National Weather Service. At least 265 schools have been closed.

All Los Angeles Unified School District schools in the San Fernando Valley, as well as 17 schools on Los Angeles' west side, were shuttered through Friday.

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

Southern California utility may shut down power lines to prevent fires