Race to contain deadly flames as experts alarm 80 mph gales could fan flames in already ravaged communities

Wildfires flaming through California have entered the heart of Los Angeles as powers warned of an” extreme fuel hazard” across the city.

Firefighters in the affluent Bel-Air neighbourhood battled to save multimillion-dollar estates in the path of the kindles, which have destroyed homes near the Getty museum in America’s second largest city.

Video and photographs posted on social media testified hillsides above busy streets covered in flames, sequences of mansions reduced to ash, and firefighters spraying irrigate on walls of shoot.

The largest blaze, the Thomas fire, has treated more than 95,000 acres, destroying more than 150 homes and peril thousands of others in Ventura, about 50 miles (8 0 km) north-west of Los Angeles.

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The remaining the Vista del Mar hospital after the Thomas wildfire wiped through Ventura. Image: Mark Ralston/ AFP/ Getty Images

A woman was found dead after a car clang in a region under an evacuation ordering, the authorities concerned said on Thursday.

With airs forecast to reach 80 mph, officials have warned the worst could be hitherto to come.

An alert sent by the countrywide emergency system in Los Angeles said:” Strong gale overnight generating extreme burn danger .”

The fear is that the winds, blowing west from the California desert, could fuel various flames burning in the Los Angeles area that have already forced an estimated 200,000 parties to evacuate.

” We are in the beginning of a interminable jazz happen ,” Ken Pimlott, the director of the California department of forestry and fire protection, told the Los Angeles Times.” There will be no ability to fight flaming in these kinds of breezes .”

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A firefighter controls kindles at a dwelling set afire by the Skirball fire in Bel-Air. Image: Robyn Beck/ AFP/ Getty Images

The Skirball fire, which appeared early on Wednesday, burned about 500 acres near large-scale estates in Bel-Air, scorching part of a winery owned by Rupert Murdoch.

It started before dawn in the Sepulveda Pass, precisely up Interstate 405 from UCLA( University of California, Los Angeles ), which cancelled world-class for the rest of the working day.

The Los Angeles Unified school district, the country’s second largest with more than 640,000 students, told you so shut at the least 265 of its virtually 1,100 schools on Thursday.

Dozens of academies were also closed in Ventura County. The institution region, with virtually 17,000 students, said it hoped to reopen on Monday. In the towns of Ventura, along the coast, where the thousands of organizes were destroyed, fires too killed more than two dozen mares at a stable.

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The deputy fire chief, Charles Butler, said firefighters and aircraft had stopped the spread of the inferno in Bel-Air and were attempting to contain it before high winds returned.

He said four residences had been destroyed and 11 injury, while about 700 properties, an apartment house and a school had been was necessary to evacuate. Paris Hilton was among those who said they had fled the fire.

The Los Angeles mayor showed a neighbourhood position of emergency on Wednesday morning because of the Skirball fire. Eric Garcetti told a press conference:” These are dates that break-dance your heart. These are also days that prove the resilience of our metropoli .”

In the San Fernando Valley , north of Los Angeles, the Creek fire destroyed at the least 30 dwellings, blackened more than 12,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 2,500 homes and a convalescent centre.

Another fire, known as the Rye, menaced more than 5,000 homes and designs north-west of Los Angeles.