Several homes were destroyed by a wildfire in Bel-Air on Wednesday, and authorities warned of potentially catastrophic winds continuing through at least Thursday.
Authorities said high winds — which could top 50 mph in some areas — create an “extreme fire danger.”
The forecast is disturbing enough that the Los Angeles school system has canceled classes at many San Fernando Valley campuses and officials are bracing for more fires across the region. Powerful winds can worsen existing fires but also help fan new ones.
About midnight, UCLA canceled Thursday classes “given the array of uncertainties caused by the fire near campus,” according to an alert posted on the...
Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings said the firefighter reassignments are needed to reshape the Fire Department to match the agency's workload, which has shifted from fighting fires to primarily responding to calls for emergency medical help.