In case you don't live in California and/or haven't been following the news, Los Angeles is on fire right now. Actually, literally, as in, not figuratively. There are four forest fires raging in the hills in and around Los Angeles.
Thousands upon thousands of residents have been evacuated. Hundreds of structures have been destroyed, including families' homes. And the footage people are posting of their views of the fires is jaw-dropping. You have to see it.
There are four wildfires raging in and around the Los Angeles area right now.
There are four fires in the L.A. area right now. The newest one, #SkirballFire in Bel-Air, shut down the 405 Freewa… https://t.co/un6gb8qcnv— Los Angeles Times (@Los Angeles Times)1512579211.0
The Thomas fire has been growing quickly in Ventura, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes.
via: Getty ImagesOn Tuesday night, several brush fires, motivated by the strong Santa Ana winds, spread wickedly fast, from 4,000 acres to 11,000 in just a few hours.
To the west, the largest fire had grown to 50,500 acres in just 19 hours.
via: Getty ImagesMore than a quarter of the city of Ventura, which is home to more than 100,000, were told to evacuate. There's no way of knowing that this moment how many homes have been destroyed.
Firefighters have been working around the clock to contain the fires as much as possible, but the loss of land and property is already devastating.
via: Getty Images'These are the days that break your heart," said L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti in a news conference. "These are also the days that show the resilience of our city."
In this photo, a man watches while the Creek fire burns behind a piece of property in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.
via: Getty ImagesThe photos are beyond intense. But possibly even more shocking and jaw-dropping is the footage that many L.A. residents have taken with their phones as they literally drive by burning hills...
The city of Los Angeles literally looks like something out of Lord of the Rings.
via: Getty ImagesAt 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.
Not the typical morning commute... https://t.co/kJIOQeqsIK— Andrew Mutz CMT (@Andrew Mutz CMT)1512569358.0
That's why the 405 freeway was closed in both directions on Wednesday morning.
Fire right now on the 405, across the street from the Getty Center 💔 this is heartbreaking. Uber driver tells me th… https://t.co/AimJb2qJi8— Juliana Silva Sakae 栄 (@Juliana Silva Sakae 栄)1512565391.0
If you're in the area affected by the fire, please be safe.
https://t.co/5U6kmEdblt— Rebecca Keegan (@Rebecca Keegan)1512565962.0