What's Making California's Wildfires So Dangerous?

What's Making California's Wildfires So Dangerous?

CELEBRITIES including Paris Hilton and Chrissy Teigen have been forced to flee their homes after a wildfire erupted in the wealthy Bel Air neighbourhood.

The fire incinerated more than 50,000 acres around the city of Ventura, 50 miles from Los Angeles, fire officials said on Tuesday. Earlier spring snowmelt has been linked to a dramatic uptick in western wildfire activity since the mid 1980s.

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.

Climate change is a major contributing factor in the uptick of firestorms. Parts of the 405 freeway, which carries up to 400,000 vehicles a day, were temporarily closed on Wednesday.

Fire crews worked to save luxury homes threatened by the flames.

Sagara's pendulum analogy describes exactly what's happened in California over the past year.

A key stretch of U.S. 101 between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties was intermittently closed Thursday as flames jumped lanes.

Meanwhile in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, the so-called Creek Fire blackened more than 11,000 acres.

Santa Ana winds have long contributed to some of the region's most disastrous wildfires.

The Southern California fires have affected some of the area's busiest traffic arteries.

Some 200 firefighters were able to douse a blaze that erupted by a cluster of homes not far from Malibu High School, officials said. This system will keep the smoke and air pollutants from getting into the facility, and by closing the museum this week, the Getty is preventing the harmful air from entering the building through any open doors.

According to the National Weather Service, the wildfires are expected to exacerbate overnight, as winds reach speeds of 65 MPH.

People watch for flying embers during a brush fire in Ventura, California, on Dec. 5.

"First thing he said was, well I lost my wife, and I lost my home, I have nothing left to live for", Sinn said.

"Try to understand that this is not personal". For more on the fires breaking out across Southern California, go here.

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