L.A. Blanketed in Smoke as More Fires Break Out Across Southern California

News Lead / December 6, 2017

Thomas fire (Ringo Chiu / AFP / Getty)
Several new fires have erupted in Southern California in addition to the massive Thomas fire near Ventura, resulting in the temporary closure of Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles as smoke sweeps across the city. Santa Ana winds turned a 50-acre creek fire into a 45,000-acre firestorm that caused mandatory evacuations and reached the City of Ventura at 4 a.m. on Dec. 5. In addition, a new fire — dubbed the Creek fire — erupted near Sylmar in the San Fernando Valley, scorching the Los Angeles National Forest and causing the closure of the 210 Freeway for 20 miles, the Los Angeles Times reports. Another small fire, the Rye fire, broke out west of Valencia. The National Weather Service had issued a Red Flag Warning in the afternoon of Dec. 4 for 50- to 70-mile-per-hour Santa Ana winds, with guts over 80 miles per hour, for Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The Weather Service also predicted relative humidity would drop into the teens and single digits, producing the “strongest and longest duration Santa Ana wind event so far this year.” Those conditions are expected to persist through Friday, Dec. 7. The Thomas Fire moved quickly, and residents started receiving robo-calls from Ventura County to

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