Fire fighters have been working around the clock to prevent wildfires from spreading to different parts of Los Angeles, California, United States, but the threat of powerful winds might cause more devastation.
The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued a red flag warning based on the extreme weather forecast.
“We’re hopeful that we get the majority of it out before the Santa Ana winds begin again tonight at 11pm. Once that starts, we have the potential for a new fire storm to begin through here. This is what we know as a fire corridor, where fires have pushed through here and they end up down all the way to the ocean,” said David Ortiz, public information officer for the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The main task now is to remove anything that could trigger more fires, most importantly the left-over embers.
A number of houses were burnt down on Monday in the upscale Brentwood neighborhood in west LA, after the fire spread to a large area in a matter of hours. It came very close to houses, which are now still under mandatory evacuation order. Several roads, schools and businesses in the area also remain closed.
Many people are anxious about the safety of their homes.
“I’m feeling a little emotional today actually because one of our friends lost her home. So, it’s upsetting, it really is!” said Barbara Silberg, a local resident.
Others need supplies from their homes.
“Trying to come back and get some medications and things for the pets, and maybe some more clothes because it seems like we’re going to be out a little bit longer than we thought,” said Monica, another local resident.
Police, however, are blocking the roads leading into the hazard zone.
While most residents are sheltering with relatives and friends for now. Not everyone has a place to go.
A community center serves as an evacuation center.
Although the number of people seeking shelter has diminished since Monday, it will stay open for as long as the evacuation orders remain.
“We have cots, blankets, meals, and water available here, along with volunteers to talk to people who may be going through a difficult time,” said Marilyn, a worker at community center.