200,000 flee homes as wind whips wildfires closer to Los Angeles

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The wildfires in Southern California began to intensify late Wednesday and are expected to worsen Thursday due to dangerous winds. Authorities fear the winds will fan the flames in different directions, thus, forcing mass evacuations. Already, winds reached as high as 50 mph early Thursday morning.

More than 200,000 people have been forced from their homes and nearly 200 homes and buildings have been destroyed since the fires broke out Sunday.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the fire burned 475 acres in the Sepulveda Pass near the Getty Center. The museum closed Wednesday while the fire was held back. The fire was five percent contained as of Wednesday afternoon.

To the north, in Sylmar, California, the ‘Creek Fire’ has spread 12,605 acres. Forecasters predict some areas in that district to experience 80 mph winds. That fire is also only 5 percent contained, the Times reported.  A total of 180 structures were destroyed.

Covering the story from the ground, Fox News reporter Adam Housley tweeted: In the middle of devastation..sympathy. Firefighters from Colton and San Luis Obispo here RT @FoxNews: Firefighters saved a family’s Christmas tree from California wildfires.

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