Stars forced to flee as California fires burn

John and Julie Wilson sort through the remnants of their burnt out home after the Thomas wildfire swept through Ventura, California, on Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Fire Department has released a map showing the neighborhoods under evacuation due to the Skirball Fire, which is burning east of the 405 freeway in Bel Air.

In response to the fires, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency.

The flames are sweeping down the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains with authorities warning the worse may yet be to come.

Teams made up of more than 1,000 firefighters are attempting to contain the fires igniting across the region.

The flames have swallowed about 80,000 acres (32,000 hectares) in just over a day since the "Thomas" fire, currently the state's largest, broke out, leaving at least one dead in an area about 45 minutes from downtown LA.

The vegetation fire was reported at 5:46 a.m. and was quickly extinguished, said Monica Munoz, spokeswoman for San Diego Fire-Rescue.

Across the wide I-405 freeway from the fire, the Getty Center art complex was closed to protect its collection from smoke damage.

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Donoghue says the car was found off the roadway after what appeared to be a single-car crash.

ThomasFire [update] Hwy 150 and Hwy 126, north of Santa Paula (Ventura County) is now 96,000 acres and 5% contained.

According to the media, the young man refused to be interviewed by the KABC cameraman who caught the scene because he did not want any personal publicity for saving the creature.

People are also advised to drink plenty of fluids "to keep respiratory membranes moist" and to avoid doing anything that will stir up ash.

There were no injuries and no structures were damaged, she said.

They'll leave food out for dogs and cats that flee the flames on their own, hoping they'll return later looking for their owners.

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) adds: "Areas northeast of Ojai have seen the most fire growth since Wednesday morning, officials told reporters".

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