Almost 30 horses burned by California wildfire

Aaron Brown
December 10, 2017

"And they were like, 'Get out, get out, get out, '" ranch owner Patricia Padilla said, referring to warnings by firefighters. Nearly 1,700 firefighters and other personnel were deployed today against the blaze, which was 20 percent contained as of 8:30 p.m. Red-flag parking restrictions will be lifted at 8 a.m. Friday.

The fire has burned 476 acres and is 30 percent contained, though more than 700 homes remain evacuated in a three-mile area.

"We need the roads to be clear in case there's a fire (so) our fire engines can gain access to put out that fire", Terrazas said. The exception to the evacuation order was the Bel- Air Crest housing development, which was not threatened, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Just up the hill from the Getty Center along the 405 freeway, the Skirball Cultural Center, a popular Jewish education institute with event space, has also closed due to fire.

All Los Angeles Unified School District schools in the San Fernando Valley and some on the west side of Los Angeles - a total of 265 district schools and charter schools - were closed Thursday and will remain shuttered Friday.

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Almost 30 horses died at a ranch as wildfires rapidly engulfed thousands of acres of the southern California landscape.

However, all westbound 210 Freeway exits from the 118 Freeway to the 5 Freeway are closed, and from Lowell Avenue to the 118 Freeway, sheriff's officials said. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the cities of Santa Paula and Ventura.

Thousands of residents were under evacuation order. The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control said the horses were locked in their stalls.

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