President Trump offered his “thoughts and prayers” to Californians who are experiencing another storm of wildfires this week and encouraged residents to heed the advice of local officials.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the path of California’s wildfires. I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials. THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work! https://t.co/g9y9PkB352
Southern California is currently under assault from a series of wind-driven wildfires that have destroyed more than a hundred homes in Ventura County and threatened thousands more in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.
The president was criticized in October for taking more than a week to tweet about a series of deadly fires that swept through Northern California’s wine country, despite making public statements about the disaster early on.
More than 50 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District are closed today as firefighters battle multiple blazes in Southern California. All of Santa Monica Malibu Unified is closed, along with many Ventura County schools. All Simi Valley Unified campuses will also be closed Wednesday due to the Rye fire in Santa Clarita.
Students and staff of the following Los Angeles Unified School District campuses were told to stay home:
This is My drive to work this. Lord “Be still”. Praying 🙏 for ppl up in those mountains, LA County and myself this morning. FYI anyone on the #405 turn around ITS ON 🔥 #SkirballFirepic.twitter.com/F0rMsotbTa
Firefighters are battling a 50-acre wildfire near the 405 Freeway and Mulholland Drive in Bel-Air, prompting a full closure of the 405 Freeway and mandatory evacuations, authorities said.
The Los Angeles Police Department ordered the evacuation of homes along Casiano Road, Moraga Drive and Linda Flora Drive. Residents of Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should be prepared for evacuation, the department said.
The fire has also caused massive traffic congestion along the route of the 405. Caltrans announced it had closed all onramps onto the 405 north of the 10 Freeway.
Gabriela Gutierrez was at home in Santa Paula watching a children’s program and snuggling with her 18-month-old daughter and 3-year-old son Monday evening when she took a call from her babysitter Adriana.
“Hey, Gaby. Have they knocked on your door? There’s a fire. They are going to start evacuating. Get your important stuff and clothes,” the babysitter told her.
What fire? Gutierrez thought to herself. It was 9:01 p.m.