The city of Los Angeles literally looks like something out of Lord of the Rings.
At least one person has died as a result of the fires. many schools have been closed in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. And winds are expected to get stronger throughout Wednesday and Thursday — gusts will reach 60 miles per hour.
Here, you can see the Skirball fire.
The flames of the Skirball fire are raging in the hills above the city of Los Angeles, threatening the Getty Center and homes around Bel-Air and Brentwood.
Talk about intense.
The first began around 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning and grew rapidly.
Within hours, it had grown to 150 acres, and 200 firefighters were on the scene to fight the blaze. There was a danger of the fire jumping the freeway — as you can see, it looks like these commuters are driving right into the fire’s path.
That's why the 405 freeway was closed in both directions on Wednesday morning.
In addition to the homes and the other structures that were at risk, this fire is destroying the habitat of much of the city’s wildlife population. As of 10:21 a.m. PST, the Skirball fire was still 0 percent contained.
If you're in the area affected by the fire, please be safe.
Listen to the authorities. If you’re told to evacuate, do it. The Los Angeles Times is providing timely updates of there’s any news pertaining to the fires.