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New Wildfire Starts Near Los Angeles

2017-12-07

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  • A dangerous wildfire has started in the Bel Air area of Los Angeles, California, as firefighters battle three other fires across Southern California.
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  • The latest wildfire reached the side of the busy Interstate 405 through the Santa Monica Mountains. It stopped car traffic.
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  • Hundreds of firefighters fought the fire on the ground and planes dropped water and retardant from above.
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  • Firefighters told Bel Air local Maurice Kaboud to leave his home Wednesday.
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  • But, he chose to stay and protect his house.
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  • The 59-year-old stood in the backyard of his multi-million-dollar home as fires raged nearby.
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  • “God willing, this will slow down so the firefighters can do their job,” Kaboud said.
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  • Southern California’s Santa Ana winds have long contributed to some of the area’s most disastrous wildfires.
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  • The winds blow from inland toward the Pacific Ocean.
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  • They gain speed through mountain passes and valleys.
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  • The biggest and most destructive of Southern California’s wildfires is in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles.
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  • It now covers over 262 square kilometers and stretches across a major highway.
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  • The fire had already destroyed at least 150 structures.
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  • But many more homes may have already been lost.
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  • Lisa Kermode and her children returned to their home Tuesday to find it destroyed.
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  • Kermode said, “We lost everything, everything, all our clothes, anything that was important to us. All our family heirlooms — it’s not sort of gone, it’s completely gone.”
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  • Another 12,000 structures were under threat.
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  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the strong winds had created a dangerous situation.
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  • The city urged 150,000 people living near the fire to leave their homes before it was too late.
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  • Two months ago, a wildfire in northern California killed 44 people.
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  • “We have lost structures, we have not lost lives,” Garcetti said. “Do not wait. Leave your homes.”
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  • The latest fire has stopped production of several television shows because of safety concerns.
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  • The Los Angeles Rams football team also canceled its practice.
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  • Wildfires are not normal in Southern California this time of year.
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  • But they can start suddenly when there is too little rain, combined with the Santa Ana winds.
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  • Almost no measurable rain has fallen in the area over the past six months.
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