Hundreds of thousands evacuated in wildfires

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California Governor Gavin Newsom (3-R), Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin (4-R), and Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti (R) tour a burned home in Brentwood, Los Angeles.



Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated in California, including Hollywood celebrities, as wildfires decimated more than 30,000 acres.

Local authorities warned that more than 10,000 residents in the Los Angeles area have been affected by the Getty fire and cannot return to their homes.

Affected properties include those of celebrities Arnold Schwarzenegger and NBA star LeBron James.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a press conference that although smoke has not been seen in the same amounts as on Monday, the evacuation order remained in place. He added the brush fire broke out early on Monday near the Getty Center art museum on the city’s West Side.

Evacuees included actress Kristin Davis, who starred in the TV series Sex and the City, Garcetti’s parents and Schwarzenegger’s ex-wife Maria Shriver.

Strong winds are expected up to 70 miles per hour and there are fears they could fan the flames.

Garcetti recommended that citizens pay attention to instructions from firefighters and emergency service staff who are working to extinguish the blaze and keep people safe.

The situation is worse in northern California, where authorities reported that another blaze, the Kincade fire, has already consumed 30,519 acres and destroyed 123 structures, including 53 houses.

Almost 156,000 people were unable to return to their homes in Sonoma County.

Residents of entire cities like Geyserville, Windsor and Healdsburg filled dozens of shelters installed from Petaluma to the city of San Francisco.

Evacuation orders were extended to Lake County on Tuesday morning, and included the recreational area of the Twin Pine Casino.

Firefighters have managed to gain ground over the flames and have reduced them by 15% but authorities are preparing for the return of strong winds to the area with speeds exceeding 80 miles per hour.

At least 1.8 million people in the north of the state were due to be affected by blackouts, which were ordered by energy companies to avoid collapsed cables or electrical equipment causing new sources of fire.