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Brush fire threatens homes in Bel Air area I-405 closed from 10 to 101
Dozens of schools were also closed in neighboring Ventura County, where the largest of the area blazes, the Thomas Fire, has charred more than 95,000 acres.
In issuing his emergency proclamation to secure state and federal disaster resources, Brown cited the destruction, the threats to critical infrastructure and the high winds.
Melissa Rosenzweig, 47, was briefly back home Wednesday after evacuating from her Ventura house, which has been spared so far while most on her street had burned in the largest and most destructive of the region's fires. 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.
The largest blaze, the Thomas Fire, burned more than 36,000 hectares after it destroyed more than 150 homes and threatened thousands more in Ventura, about 80 km northwest on Los Angeles.
Police knocked on doors and used loudspeakers to make sure everybody left their mansions.
"This just shows us that there is no fire season anymore", McLean 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. The Timesreported that "firefighters were making significant gains" by the evening.
Among those evacuated was model Chrissy Teigen, wife of singer John Legend. "Never thought I'd get to actually play what I thought was a hypothetical game of what would you grab if there were a fire", Teigen wrote on Twitter.
"We are fine and we will be fine. thinking of everyone else affected and continuing my lifelong intense love of firefighters", she added.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a nearby small but growing 50-acre brush fire early this morning that forced the partial closure of the heavily traveled Interstate 405, near scenic Mulholland Drive.
The Getty Center closed on Tuesday and remained closed on Wednesday.
Museum authorities tweeted that "air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke".
The edges of both Los Angeles and Ventura are dotted with horse-keeping properties, and when flames roared in people barely had time to get their animals to their own evacuation centers.
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The largest and most destructive of the fires, an 85-square-mile (220-sq. kilometer) wildfire in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, had almost reached the Pacific on Tuesday night after starting 30 miles (48 kilometers) inland a day earlier.
Officials closed US 101 for more than a dozen miles along the coast, cutting off a major route between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for several hours as fire charred heavy brush along lanes.
The fires, which broke out on Monday and Tuesday, have reached into the wealthy enclave of Bel-Air on Los Angeles' West Side while creating traffic nightmares in the densely populated area.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it had released funds for relief services.
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