VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Southern California wildfires (all times local):
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says at least four and possibly six homes have been destroyed by a wildfire in the city’s Bel Air area.
The fire erupted before dawn Wednesday in Sepulveda Pass, a major commuter route between the west side of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley to the north.
The fire burned up hillsides on the east side of the pass into expensive neighborhoods that are now under evacuation orders.
The mayor says the fire is now 150 acres with zero containment.
Some 500 firefighters are battling the fire along with water-dropping helicopters and airplanes laying down streams of fire retardant.
The dangerous Santa Ana winds that have fanned fires across Southern California this week have diminished over the new LA fire but conditions are very dry, with just 9 percent relative humidity.
President Donald Trump says his thoughts and prayers “are with everyone” in the path of California’s latest wildfires.
Trump in a tweet is also encouraging everyone “to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials” and thanking first responders for their “incredible work!”
Wind-driven fires have raced through California communities for the second time in two months, leaving hundreds of homes feared lost and uprooting tens of thousands of people.
The most damaging fire is in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, where more than 100 square miles (259 sq. kilometers) and numerous homes have burned.
Deadly fires tore through Northern California earlier this year.
The biggest and most destructive of several wildfires burning in Southern California has scorched more than 101 square miles.
State fire authorities say the fire burning in Ventura County about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles is also considered a threat to 12,000 structures Wednesday.
Dozens of homes have burned since the fire erupted Monday amid fierce Santa Ana winds.
A new fire burning among ridges and canyons on the west side of Los Angeles has also burned several homes while snarling morning commuter traffic.
Two homes are burning in a wildfire that has erupted in an exclusive ridge-top neighborhood in Los Angeles, the latest to hit fire-plagued Southern California.
The fire broke out before dawn Wednesday on the east side of Interstate 405 in the Sepulveda Pass and raced up steep slopes into neighborhoods at the top.
The Los Angeles Fire Department has deployed…