Firefighters have quickly put out the latest California wildfire which came within 30 yards of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
The brush blaze was dubbed the Easy Fire, and erupted in Simi Valley, just 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles, around 6.15am on Wednesday in the hills along Tierra Rejada Road, north of the library, which had been evacuated.
The library is home to Reagan’s presidential records, his Air Force One aircraft and is the burial place of the late president and his wife.
The flames quickly spread as hurricane force wind gusts at 74mph blew in a westerly direction quickly scorching through over 1,300 acres of land. About 26,000 people were forced to flee their homes due the Easy Fire, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayoub said in a news conference Wednesday.
Three people have been killed in the devastating wildfires since Sunday with the infernos fueled by notoriously powerful Santa Ana ‘Devil Winds’ sweeping the area that downed trees and fanned the flames.
Homeless Santa Cruz woman Deseire Quintero, 55, was fatally crushed by a falling tree on Sunday. Fresno couple Edward and Iva Poulson were killed when a tree fell in vicious 30mph winds on their red Jeep in Bass Lake Monday night, leading their vehicle to veer off an embankment and hit more trees.
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A new blaze, dubbed the Easy Fire, ignited around 6.15am Wednesday in the hills along Tierra Rejada Road in Simi Valley, and quickly approached perilously close to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (above), which had been evacuated
The brush fire initially spanned 15 acres after sparking in an area near power lines before rapidly spreading to around 900 acres due to ferocious Santa Ana winds as it encroached upon the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (above)
A chopper is pictured dropping water as the Easy Fire draws closer and closer to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, home to presidential records from the administration of Ronald Reagan and his Air Force One aircraft. The 243,000 square feet building was completed in 1991
The library is home to the presidential records from Reagan’s time in office as well as his Air Force One aircraft and a section of masonry from the Berlin Wall. A skeleton staff is staying at the library, even though officials posted a mandatory evacuation for the area. This image shows the view of the fast approaching fire from the view inside the presidential library Wednesday
The ‘Easy Fire’, as it was named, came within 30 yards of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. A huge area, including the library, had already been given mandatory evacuation orders
This map shows the fires concentrated in Los Angeles County. The active fires include the Tick, Saddle Ridge, Getty and Palisades Fires and the latest Simi Valley ‘Easy Fire’ which broke out around 6.15am on Wednesday
Hours after the fire broke out smoke encircled the Ronald Reagan Presidential library, where both Ronald and Nancy Reagan are buried
Just before dawn on Wednesday a new wildfire erupted in Simi Valley, just 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles
Helicopter footage of the new wildfire in Simi Valley shows the smoldering mountains in Southern California
A firefighter pictured protecting the Reagan Library from the Easy fire in Simi Valley, California on Wednesday
Trinh Nguyen of the Camarillo Fire Dept pictured above monitoring the advance of the Easy Fire as a helicopter makes a water drop in Simi Valley on Wednesday
A firefighter pictured walking down from a burning hillside as the fast-moving Easy Fire burns in the background
Firefighter Kris McDonald keeps watch on the wildfire burning near a ranch in Simi Valley on Wednesday
A third fire spanning 100 acres called the Hill Fire broke out Jurupa Valley (left and right), according to Riverside County Fire Department. The wildfire quickly jumped from 1 to 100 acres as winds picked up to 20 mph. It was 0% contained by noon Wednesday
Officials revealed Tuesday that the massive Getty Fire, which has burned through 745 acres of Los Angeles and threatens the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city, was sparked by a tree branch that fell on top of power lines and ignited nearby brush.
Dashcam footage of the moment that blaze first ignited around 1.30am Monday night on the west side of Sepulveda Pass was released by the Los Angeles Fire Department. Officials stressed the blaze was not the result of faulty equipment. The branch came from a tree 25 feet above the power line and 20 feet up a hill, according to KABC-TV.
‘The fire was likely caused by a tree branch that broke off during the high wind conditions and subsequently landed on nearby power lines, which resulted in sparking and arcing that ignited nearby brush,’ The Los Angeles Fire Department announced.
‘This was, simply put in plain parlance, an act of God,’ Mayor Eric Garcetti said during a news conference.
On Wednesday thousands of people in the Getty Fire burn area remained evacuated as dry and sustained winds of up to 55mph beat the area and tested firefighters. At the moment the fire is just 27 percent contained, authorities said Wednesday.
One firefighter was injured in the flames Tuesday night and about 18 buildings were reportedly destroyed, according to USA Today. About 600 Department of Water and Power customers in the fire area remained without power Tuesday.
So far the Getty Fire has claimed three lives.
Edward Poulson, 62, and Iva Maria Poulson, 59, died on Sunday. Their son reported them missing and their bashed vehicle was found on Monday. Neighbors say the Poulsons lived in the town of Coarsegold and the husband had retired just last year.
Deseire Quintero was identified as another victim of the blaze after she was crushed by a tree that fell in high winds around 9.40am on Sunday in Pogonip Park. She was discovered by a hiker who found her and an injured man near the Rincon Trail. She was unconscious when police arrived and declared dead after lifesaving efforts.
She was a former firefighter who was unable to find housing despite obtaining a Section 8 housing assistance voucher, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Three people have been killed in the devastating California wildfires this week. Santa Cruz woman Deseire Quintero, 55, (right) was fatally crushed by a falling tree on Sunday. Fresno couple Edward and Iva Poulson (left and center) were found dead in their red Jeep after a falling tree struck their vehicle at 30mph on Monday night
Thirteen of the biggest fires raging through California pictured above. The Simi Valley ‘Easy Fire’ near Los Angeles is the latest fire which sparked Wednesday just before dawn and quickly spread to cover over 900 acres. Meanwhile the devastating Kincade fire in northern California swelled to twice the size of San Francisco by Tuesday
Edward Poulson, 62, and Iva Maria Poulson, 59, passed away on Sunday. Their son reported them missing and their bashed vehicle (above) was found on Monday. Neighbors say the Poulsons lived in the town of Coarsegold and the husband had retired just last year
Southern California fire authorities grappled with the Simi Valley ‘Easy Fire’, which threatened to burn down the 300-acre presidential Ronald Reagan Library before it was brought under control and extinguished.
The library spans 243,000 square feet and was completed in 1991. Both Ronald and Nancy Reagan are buried at the site.
A skeleton staff stayed at the library, even though officials posted a mandatory evacuation for the area which includes the library. One of those staffers said they felt ‘really safe’ despite the blaze’s fast approach, according to CNN.
Deseire Quintero, a homeless former firefighter, was identified as another victim of the blaze after she was crushed by a tree that fell in high winds around 9.40am on Sunday in Pogonip Park. She was discovered by a hiker who found her and an injured man near the Rincon Trail. She was unconscious when police arrived and declared dead after lifesaving efforts
The library is home to the presidential records from Reagan’s time in office as well as his Air Force One aircraft, the Marine One helicopter used by President Johnson, and a section of masonry from the Berlin Wall.
At least 150 firefighters were on the scene Wednesday morning, attacking the Easy Fire from all angles, including from above, dropping fire retardant on the area.
A second blaze, named the Water Fire, then broke out at 7.19am in Nuevo, burning through several buildings but was quickly controlled.
A third fire spanning 100 acres called the Hill Fire broke out Jurupa Valley, according to Riverside County Fire Department. The wildfire quickly jumped from 1 to 100 acres as winds picked up to 20 mph. It was 0% contained by noon, according to ABC.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the state secured a grant from the federal emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fight the Easy Fire.
The grant assisted agencies responding to the blaze to apply for reimbursement for fire suppression costs.
‘The continued real-time assistance provided as California grapples with fires across the state has been critical to our efforts to keep communities safe and reduce damages,’ Newsom said. ‘We are thankful to our federal, state and local partners for their extraordinary, collaborative response in this challenging time.’
The Los Angeles Fire Department released video of the moment they believe a tree branch fell on a power line and sparked the Getty Fire. In the dashcam footage a flash of light is seen coming from a forested hillside on the west side of Sepulveda Pass, where Interstate 405 passes through the Santa Monica Mountains, sparking a small fire. When the car comes closer to the location of the flash a small burning fire is seen. Officials say the fire broke out at 1.30am Monday night. As of Wednesday the Getty Fire had burned through over 650 acres of land
Fire investigators believe a falling tree branch sparked the Getty Fire in Los Angeles this week. The Fire Department released this photo believed to be that spoken branch
LAFD Arson investigators have determined the probable cause of the GettyFire was a tree branch that broke off during the high wind conditions and subsequently landed on nearby powerlines, which resulted in sparking and arcing that ignited nearby brush. The branch came from a tree 25 feet above the power line and 20 feet up a hill
LA Fire Department Arson Section conduct an investigation near a utility pole of a possible area of origin of the Getty fire along the 1700 block of N Sepulveda Blvd on Monday
The smokey view of a closed road between Avenida de los Arboles and LA Avenue pictured above covered in smoke from Easy Fire
Battling the Easy Fire: A resident watches as the side of the road as the Easy Fire quickly spreads in Simi Valley Wednesday morning. Ventura County officials have ordered mandatory evacuations for the area of the brush fire and at least 150 firefighters were working to extinguish the flames Wednesday morning
A rancher tries to put out a fire in a henhouse in a burning ranch as the Easy Fire spreads near Simi Valley, North of Los Angeles on Wednesday
Fabio Losurdo comforts his horse, Smarty, at a ranch in Simi Valley as the Easy Fire razes through the area
Ranchers evacuate horses in a burning ranch as the Easy Fire spreads near Simi Valley on Wednesday
A barn goes up in flames as the Easy fire rages Wednesday in Simi Valley, California
Harrowing images from the side of the 405 freeway north of Los Angeles, California shows the fury of the Getty Fire
As of Wednesday morning the Getty Fire had burned through over 650 acres and was just 15 percent contained
LeBron James feeds firefighters with taco trucks
LeBron James sent taco trucks to feed firefighters battling the wildfires in the greater Los Angeles area.
The Los Angeles Laker superstar is one of thousands of people evacuated in the dangerous Getty Fire which has burned through over 650 acres by Wednesday and is just 15% contained.
James was forced to flee his Brentwood home early Monday and is staying with his family in a hotel as firefighters face off with the flames.
LeBron James sent taco trucks to feed firefighters battling the wildfires in the greater Los Angeles area on Tuesday
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the kind deed for firefighters and first responders on Tuesday.
‘My appreciation and loyalty to the first responders. Those guys, men and women are unbelievable, what they’re doing and their bravery throughout this time,’ James said in a news conference Tuesday prior to the Lakers home game at Staples Center.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti shared pictures of officers enjoying the Mexican fare on Tuesday
Heroes: Four firefighters recharged with platters of tacos amid their difficult assignment
James has been very vocal about his support of firefighters in the wake of the devastating California wildfires.
He tweeted: ‘I pray for all the families in the area that could be affected by these fires now! Pretty please get to safety ASAP.’
He followed up with another saying: ‘My best wishes as well to the first responders. Right now doing what they do best.’
The dry and powerful Santa Ana ‘Devil Winds’, which are notorious for fanning wildfires, are expected to blast through Southern California Wednesday, whipping up new wildfires after a brief respite on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service issued a rare ‘extreme red flag’ warning for wildfires had been issued as Santa Ana winds of up to 70mph were forecast effective Tuesday at 11pm and expected to persist into Thursday night, bringing the potential for ‘rapid fire spread’ and ‘extreme fire behavior’.
‘I don’t know if I’ve ever seen us use this warning,’ said NWS forecaster Marc Chenard. ‘It’s pretty bad.’
‘It takes one ember, just one ember downwind, to start another brush fire, so I encourage all people in the city of Los Angeles and the neighboring communities to register for alerts,’ Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said.
Meanwhile 1.5million people suffered through another night without electricity on Wednesday, at least 1million of whom haven’t had power for four days.
Anger was mounting at Pacific Gas & Electric, the state’s largest utility company, after it cut the supply Tuesday in order to stop branches being blown on to power lines, or lines being brought down on to tinder-dry ground, causing the blazes.
Among those venting their frustration was chef and caterer Jane Sykes, who was forced to throw out $1,000 worth of food, including trays of brownies, cupcakes and puff pastry.
She also had little hope of getting a good night’s sleep – there was no way to run the machine she relies on to counter her apnea.
‘I don’t think PG&E really thought this through,’ she lamented.
PG&E officials said they understood the hardships caused by the safety blackouts but continued to insist they were necessary.
On Wednesday firefighters got ready to do battle again after a day of light breezes that helped them gain ground against a blaze displacing thousands of Los Angeles residents near the Getty Center museum.
The NWS’s Storm Prediction Center said that a critical or extreme fire danger existed for more than 34,000 square miles of California, encompassing some 21 million people.
Governor Gavin Newsom, who has accused utilities of failing to adequately modernize and safely maintain their power systems, paid a visit to the Getty fire zone on Tuesday afternoon.
‘This is a challenging time,’ Newsom told reporters at a command center in the University of California’s Los Angeles campus.
In total there are 17 fires raging fury up and down the state of California. While the Getty Fire is the greatest menace is the southern part of the state, in the north the monster Kincade is wreaking havoc in Sonoma County in the heart of wine country..
As of Wednesday the Kincade Fire burned through 76,138 acres and was just 15% contained. Sustained gusts between 20 and 30 mph threatened to fan the 118-square-mile blaze.
So far the Kincade has damaged or destroyed more than 200 buildings including an 150-year-old winery. About 80,000 homes are threatened in the blaze, leading officials to open 15 evacuation centers. Around 200,000 residents have been forced to evacuate since the blaze, which erupted on October 23, ravaged the area.
Due to the fires, Pacific Gas & Electric turned off power in 29 counties Tuesday keeping about 1.5million customers in Northern and Central California in the dark.
Santa Ana winds with speeds of up to 70mph are expected to hit southern California on Wednesday, fanning the flames of wildfires already in progress and sparking new ones (pictured, crews battle the Kincade fire near San Francisco)
Forecasters have issued a rare extreme red flag warning for wildfires in the south of the state, saying the risk of blazes remains very high
Pacific Gas & Electric, the state’s largest utility company, announced Tuesday it was cutting power to 1.5million people amid fears downed or damaged lines could cause blazes
A long exposure photograph shows a tree burning off Highway 128, east of Healdsburg, California on Tuesday
A view of the wildfires in South Lake Tahoe, California pictured above
A meteor streaks across the sky as gusty winds create an ember cast on a valley oak tree burned by the Kincade fire, early Wednesday morning
California braced Wednesday for the most powerful winds this season that threaten to spread destructive fires raging in the state and could spark new blazes
Firefighters put out hot spots from the Kincade Fire on Wednesday in Calistoga, California
Powerful Santa Ana winds, also known as Devil Winds, have been causing fires by blowing tree branches on to power lines, or bringing the lines down directly on to dry wood
A view of the smoldering California wildfires burning in the Bay area pictured above from NASA’s International Space Station
Smoke pictured rising from the Bay Area fires from the International Space Station
Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said extremely high winds could also force water-dropping helicopters, a vital component of the firefighting arsenal, to be grounded.
An army of some 1,100 firefighters battled the Getty fire Tuesday in a narrow window of slower winds and consolidated those gains a day after flames and embers spread over scrub-covered slopes around expensive homes on the city’s west side.
PG&E has been implicated in the Sonoma County blaze, dubbed the Kincade fire. The utility acknowledged last week that the Kincade fire broke out near a damaged PG&E transmission tower at about the time a live high-voltage line carried by that tower malfunctioned.
The company, whose mass power shutdowns have drawn harsh criticism from the governor, filed for bankruptcy in January, citing $30 billion in potential liability from a series of deadly fires sparked by its equipment in 2017 and 2018.
Citing progress made against the Kincade fire, Newsom said the number of evacuees in northern California had diminished from 190,000 at the peak of that blaze to 130,000 on Tuesday.
Property losses from the Kincade, listed at 15% contained, were put at 189 homes and other structures, double Monday’s tally.
Fueled by high winds, the Kincade Fire has burned over 76,000 acres and has prompted nearly 200,000 evacuations in Sonoma County and beyond
National Guard troops monitor a road closure along the south side of the Kinkade Fire in Santa Rosa, California
In total, the Kincade Fire has destroyed 96 structures with nearly 80,000 homes still threatened. The fire is just 15 per cent contained
A firefighter looks at his phone while others talk in the parking lot of an evacuated shopping center while they await their next assignment in battling the Kincade Fire in Santa Rosa
Alex DeLeon with Engine 342 of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit of the US Forest Service watches the Kincade fire burn on a ridge between Lake and Sonoma Counties
California fire threatens PG&E’s plan to raise $14billion
The Kincade Fire in California threatens to destroy more than homes and businesses – but it could also undermine bankrupt PG&E Corp’s plan to raise $14 billion to finance the crisis-stricken utility’s turnaround plan.
If the fire becomes large enough, investors could walk away from their commitment to finance the California power utility’s bankruptcy plan. That would put in doubt the company’s plan to provide up to $8.4 billion to victims of past fires blamed on the company’s equipment.
In Sonoma County north of San Francisco, the Kincade Fire has burned more than 75,000 acres in PG&E’s service area since breaking out on Oct. 23, forcing evacuation orders for some 180,000 people.
The fire has destroyed 124 structures and more than 90,000 are threatened amid strong winds and dry weather, according to CalFire, California’s fire-fighting agency.
The number of structures destroyed is key to PG&E’s bankruptcy exit plan. Any fire this year caused by PG&E that destroys more than 500 homes or commercial structures would trigger a clause in the financing agreement that would allow investors to back out. The agreement has a similar termination clause for next year.
PG&E said in court filings last week it has agreements to sell $14billion of stock to affiliates of investment firms such as Abrams Capital Management LP, Knighthead Capital Management LLC and Soros Fund Management.
The cause of the Kincade Fire has not been determined. But it ignited near a broken wire on a PG&E transmission tower, raising concerns that the equipment is to blame.
The San Francisco-based power producer in January filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection anticipating its liabilities from massive wildfires in 2017 and 2018 blamed on its equipment could top $30billion.
One of the blazes, November’s Camp Fire, leveled the town of Paradise and destroyed more than 14,000 structures in the deadliest and most destructive in California’s modern history.
PG&E’s main priority in its bankruptcy is paying thousands of wildfire victims, which it expects to do with $34 billion in debt financing and its $14 billion in equity commitments.
Wildfire victims have rejected PG&E’s plan and back a competing proposal by a group of the company’s bondholders.
Several investment firms that have committed to buy PG&E stock declined to comment or did not respond to requests for comment.
A principal at one firm, however, said the firms are standing by their commitments, noting they could simply choose to waive the termination clause even if the number of structures destroyed by the Kincade Fire tops 500.
Losses from the blaze so far appear small and a determination on its cause could be some time off, he added.
‘It’s too soon for us to be talking about an event for which there is no official cause,’ PG&E spokesman James Noonan said on cause of Kincade Fire.
Shares of PG&E Corp closed up more than 32 percent at $5.03 after a sharp selloff in recent days triggered by the Kincade Fire.
The size of the Getty fire’s evacuation zone was reduced by roughly 3,000 homes on Tuesday but residents of about 7,000 dwellings remained displaced, fire officials said. At least a dozen homes have been destroyed so far.
Southern California Edison, which had previously made safety shutoffs and then restored power, warned that it could black out more than 300,000 customers, or some 600,000 people.
Also Tuesday, Edison announced in a quarterly earnings report that it was ‘likely’ its equipment caused last year’s Woolsey Fire, which killed three people and destroyed hundreds of homes in a swatch stretch
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