VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Southern California wildfires (all times local):
Firefighters have stopped the spread of a wildfire that has destroyed homes near the world-famous Getty museum in Los Angeles.
Deputy Fire Chief Charles Butler says firefighters and aircraft stopped the growth of the 475-acre (192-hectare) blaze in the Bel Air neighborhood.
There are currently few visible flames and crews are concentrating on the southwest corner of the fire.
Butler says four homes have been destroyed and 11 damaged since the blaze erupted before dawn Wednesday in an area that includes many hilltop mansions.
About 700 homes, an apartment building and a school have been ordered evacuated.
Northeast winds driving the flames eased by afternoon but are expected to return in full force Wednesday night. Firefighters are struggling to ring the blaze before that happens.
California’s top firefighter says the state is in for the worst Santa Ana wind conditions it’s ever seen.
Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, says the wind wildfire threat to Southern California for Thursday is purple. The has color has never been used before, means there is extreme danger and that fires that erupt will burn uncontrollably.
Below that is red, meaning high danger of fires that burn rapidly and intensely and are difficult to control.
Pimlott says the winds could hit 80 mph (129 kph) and make it impossible to fight Southern California wildfires that have destroyed at least 200 homes and buildings.
Five wind-driven flames continue to threaten homes in Ventura and Los Angeles. Some 200,000 people are under evacuation orders.
The University of California, Los Angeles, has canceled classes for the rest of the day due to difficult traffic problems stemming from a wildfire.
The university’s website says many students, faculty and staff have been unable to reach the campus Wednesday, so classes from noon onward are canceled.
The athletics department says a night men’s basketball game and all other team workouts and practices are canceled.
The fire erupted before dawn in the Sepulveda Pass, just up Interstate 405 from UCLA. The fire has destroyed some homes as it spread into the Bel Air area.
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…