As Fires Spread Across Los Angeles, Museums and Galleries Close

Smoke rises into the night sky as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula California U.S

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While the winds are not yet as strong as they were Tuesday, the worst of the dry and windy weather is yet to come, with gusts of up to 90 miles per hour predicted in some areas tonight and Thursday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Harrison.

Earlier a wildfire in a wealthy western area of Los Angeles reached an estate and winery owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

About 700 homes, an apartment building and a school were ordered evacuated.

"Don't pass that bush on fire", Higgins said. The Creek Fire, meanwhile, spread to about 11,000 acres and was also zero percent contained.

According to Hartwig, the Getty campus's many buildings and the priceless artworks they hold are not at risk from the fire.

President Donald Trump says his thoughts and prayers "are with everyone" in the path of California's latest wildfires.

President Donald Trump tweeted for people to follow the advice of emergency officials.

On Thursday, those engines and a supervisor's truck will take the firefighters to Ventura County where danger and devastation await.

Known as the Thomas Fire, the wildfire is raging in Ventura County on the doorstep of the Los Padres National Forest.

"There will be no ability to fight fire in these kinds of winds", Pimlott said.

The map, embedded below, also outlines those communities which should be preparing to flee should the fire jump the freeway. A flatbed trailer loaded with bundled cardboard caught fire Tuesday afternoon, sending flaming paper rolling downhill that ended up burning a couple of acres of vegetation.

Firefighters have another new brush fire to deal with Wednesday morning as a flames engulfed an area near the Getty Center in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Residents in Sullivan Canyon and Mandeville Canyon were told to be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.

The museum closed Wednesday while the fire was held back.

Helicopters are making water drops and more than 200 firefighters are battling flames close to homes.

Officials have still not stated what caused the fire, but some said the ongoing drought has left the area "ripe for spreading" and likely to get a whole lot bigger. Firefighters rushed to attack the fires before winds picked up again.

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

A man walks among the ruins of a home destroyed by the Thomas Fire as smoke obscures the sky in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017.

The largest and most destructive of the blazes, an 85-square-mile wildfire in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, had almost reached the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday night after starting 30 miles inland a day earlier.

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