Spreading SoCal Wildfires Close Major Freeway, Shut Down Power; NatGas OK

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The athletics department says a night men's basketball game and all other team workouts and practices are cancelled.

Just north in Ventura County the Thomas blaze continued unabated, after erupting in the hills of oak and scrub north of Santa Paula, powered by strong seasonal guests known as Santa Ana winds. "The Bel-Air fire took out a lot of homes, and it's in the same area as back then".

HollywoodLifers, if you're in the Los Angeles area, stay safe.

The fire burned up hillsides on the east side of the pass into expensive neighbourhoods that are now under evacuation orders. The fire consumed 4,000 acres by 8:30 a.m. and blanketed 11,000 acres with zero containment by early afternoon. Later a structure on the property was seen on fire as a water-dropping helicopter tried to extinguish the flames. However, local electrical utilities were dealing with continuing fire- and wind-caused outages.

US President Donald Trump tweeted a message of "thoughts and prayers" to California as it nears the end of its deadliest year ever for wildfires. I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials.

At least two homes were ablaze Wednesday morning.

The home of 21st Century Fox and Fox News Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch, located on a vineyard outside of Los Angeles, is "burning down" in Southern California's wildfires, according to an NBC News report on Wednesday.

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As SoCalGas and LADWP officials also said, Payne noted that SCE "remains in close coordination" with fire agencies and other first-responders to ensure employee and public safety.

Wildfires have been burning throughout Southern California since Monday evening.

Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas warned that the firefight is likely to continue until at least Friday.

Evacuations have been ordered and a wider area has been told to be ready for orders to leave.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said they're trying to "stop this fire before it becomes something bigger" like the Bel Air fire of 1961. Many were evacuated from the nearby homes, including Chelsea Handler.

The fire, which was raging in Mandeville Canyon and the Brentwood area, shut down roadways including a partial closure of heavily traveled Interstate 405, near scenic Mulholland Drive.

Students at a variety of Los Angeles Unified School District campuses were affected by the fire, with students diverted to alternate campuses to keep them out of the fire's path.