In recent weeks, flashing in different places wildfires destroyed many homes in the North of the state. To stop the spread of flame is not yet possible.
Large forest fires, and hurricanes or typhoons, are now given names. The most recent fire Thomas in southern California has already covered an area of 36 hectares.
Fire Department in California reports that the element 12 is threatening thousands of buildings, the fire destroyed 150 buildings, and to curb the spread of flame yet managed only 5%.
Due to strong winds that helped to spread flames in several areas of mandatory evacuation. The head of the fire service California Ken Pimlott said that in this wind fight fire impossible. The threat level in connection with the fires in the state increased to the high — "purple". A priority for the authorities now is the evacuation of residents.
Thursday at the nearby University of California at Los Angeles as a precaution have cancelled all lectures, although the University is not located in an area where evacuated. According to representatives of the University, the decision was taken because of continuing uncertainty. Many schools in Los Angeles on Thursday also closed.
In Bel-air fire carried out of houses valuable works of art, in an attempt to save them from the fire. In this area live many celebrities, such as Beyonce or Elon Musk.
Lionel Richie has canceled his concert in Las Vegas, saying that they had to help their family to move to a safer place.
Large estate with a vineyard, owned by billionaire Rupert Murdoch, is also under threat. Part of the vineyard is already damaged by fire. According to the Los Angeles Times, four years ago, Murdoch paid for the estate of 28.8 million dollars, which is 12 times more than the average price of mansions in Bel-air (2,45 million dollars).
Also in jeopardy was the Getty Museum, which was closed on Thursday. Representatives of the Museum say that the art collection had not yet been removed, as the air filtration system in the building helps to protect them from the smoke. In the Museum's collection, among other things, Leonardo da Vinci, van Gogh and Turner.
Among all the fires raging in the state, Thomas in Ventura County is the largest: the flames had reached the coast of the Pacific ocean. Another wildfire North of Los Angeles called the Scream, is also controlled by only 5%, it covers area of almost five hectares. But the area is sparsely populated, and there burned only four buildings.
Throughout California evacuated more than 200 thousand people. Patricia Moore, the 84-year-old resident of Los Angeles, told the Agence France Presse that caught her by laying their own things: "Yesterday the fire was to the North of us and in the distance, but today we woke up and it burned in the East".
"We heard the sirens of fire trucks shortly before six in the morning and decided that maybe it's time to load the car," said an elderly woman.