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How To Help The California Wildfire Victims From Anywhere In The World

How To Help The California Wildfire Victims From Anywhere In The World

By the end of the day Wednesday, fires had burned more than 95,000 acres, mostly in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles. Firefighters battled to save multimillion-dollar homes in the path of the flames.

"We're basically in an urban firefight in Ventura, where if you can keep that house from burning, you might be able to slow the fire down", said Tim Chavez, a fire behavior specialist at the blaze.

Chef and restaurateur José Andrés, whose World Central Kitchen organized chef volunteers and donations to serve more than 3 million meals to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, in a tweet indicated that his crew was on the way to Los Angeles to work with the Red Cross to feed those displaced by fire.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency yesterday, freeing state funds and resources to assist.

But power lines arcing in strong winds, or collapsing when trees crash into them, have triggered many of California's most destructive fires. Authorities say 12,000 structures in the region are threatened and more than 200,000 people are under evacuation orders.

Air tankers that had been grounded much of the week because of high winds flew on Wednesday, dropping flame retardant.

The museum closed Wednesday while the fire was held back. It was 5 percent contained, while the other fires had no containment.

"The danger is imminent", Cal Fire said in its evacuation notice.

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.

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Emergency alerts warned residents of extreme Santa Ana winds, with gusts expected of up to 90 miles per hour, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Harrison, as quoted by the Los Angeles Daily News.

Tuesday, Southern California Edison tried to downplay the possibility its equipment may have sparked the fires.

Three firefighters were injured and taken to a hospital, where they were in stable condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said on its website.

United States media reported that the Bel-Air Moraga Estate of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, which contains a vineyard, was threatened by the wildfire.

A fast-moving two-alarm brush fire, dubbed the Rye Fire, led to the closure of a portion of the Interstate 5 highway.

The winds, which originate inland, are similar to the Diablo winds that fueled the wildfires in Northern California.

Winds will gradually weaken Friday and Saturday, officials said.

According to Ventura County Fire Sergeant Eric Buschow the blaze started about 6:25 p.m. Monday in the foothills near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, a popular hiking destination.


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