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Map of hot spots: See where California wildfires are growing

Map of hot spots: See where California wildfires are growing

Authorities have begun evacuating homes in the area, and warned of the threat that fire could pose to the Getty Center museum, which has closed for the day, and other prominent institutions in the area.

"We're really just trying to catch it around the edges and just pinching it off as quickly as we possibly can", Ventura County firefighter Jason Hodge told the Los Angeles Times.

The Skirball Fire - named after the Skirball Cultural Center in northern Los Angeles - burned 475 acres in the Sepulveda Pass near the Getty Center, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Firefighters are battling the blazes fueled by the whipping Santa Ana winds; Adam Housley has the details for 'Special Report'.

"This is something we need mending, we need help, and it's going to take a long time", said Kelly Sinn of Loma Rica.

The National Weather Service has extended a Red Flag Warning across much of the Southern California region through Saturday.

The winds are expected to reach 80 mph, roughly equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane, and Cal Fire said that there was an "extreme" increase in fire potential stretching south towards San Diego.

The fire came with a fury sparing only their lives.

According to the media, the young man refused to be interviewed by the KABC cameraman who caught the scene because he did not want any personal publicity for saving the creature.

CELEBRITIES including Paris Hilton and Chrissy Teigen have been forced to flee their homes after a wildfire erupted in the wealthy Bel Air neighbourhood. The California Department of Transportation is providing an updated map that shows the locations of the areas affected by the fire. The northbound and southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway, which had previously been shut, have been reopened, KCBS reported.

Motorists on Highway 101 watch flames from the Thomas fire leap above the roadway north of Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday. He says there were no witnesses to the crash, but no foul play is suspected. The freeway reopened on Wednesday.

"Leaving an animal behind the way you have to do in a situation like this rips your heart out", she said.