Record-breaking temperatures, gusty Santa Ana winds and bone-dry conditions have Southern California bracing for a weekend of fire danger.
A brush fire ignited Thursday evening in Thousand Oaks, prompting evacuations as Santa Ana winds pushed the flames toward some homes, authorities said.
The Creek fire broke out near De Luz Road, about two miles west of Sandia Creek Drive, and spread southwest to the Marine Corps base.
The state’s focus on fighting fires has some experts asking, “Does California need a new agency to focus on wildfire prevention?”
Firefighters on Monday night were battling a blaze in North Hollywood that had spread to two commercial buildings.
California’s worst wildfire season on record has already altered the state’s iconic forests in ways that will be seen for centuries to come.
Two groups that have supported California’s oldest state park since its formation in 1902 have pledged $543,000 to help the ancient redwoods forest in the aftermath of the CZU Lightning Complex fire.
Nearly 150 firefighters descended on the fire near the Getty Center from the ground and air, and it is now contained at three acres, according to Capt. Erik Scott, a spokesman with the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Authorities lifted an evacuation warning after the Sanderson fire broke out overnight near Beaumont in Riverside County and grew to more than 1,900 acres.
Santa Ana winds and dry heat that plagued much of the region for more than a week fueled several wildfires across multiple counties.