Community Rescues Horse Trapped in Crevice in Los Angeles Wildfire

Firefighters battle the Creek Fire on Dec. 5 2017

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) said the "erratic and unpredictable" wind gusts will continue through Saturday, warning that the winds could whip through with speeds as high as 50 to 70 miles per hour.

On top of exhaustion from the long hours, they're also trying to stave off the effects of smoke inhalation and the airborne embers irritating their eyes.

Virginia Padilla, whose family owns a ranch in Sylmar, told reporters the fire killed at least 30 of the ranch's horses. The Skirball Fire is closing in on heavily populated areas of Los Angeles, ABC News reported.

All Los Angeles Unified School District schools in the San Fernando Valley, as well as 17 schools on Los Angeles' west side, were shuttered through Friday.

New fires broke out on Thursday, including one in Malibu, as firefighters were still grappling with those that were already burning - the largest of which has charred 96,000 acres around Ventura. Other agencies assisting including the U.S. Forest Service.

By Thursday winds gusts should increase to around 30 to 50 miles per hour along with low humidity, "which means very, very dry conditions, very windy conditions. which is a recipe for explosive fire growth", Rich Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Wednesday evening.

Police ordered an evacuation of all homes between two of the city's most storied roadways - Mulholland Drive on the north and Sunset Boulevard on the south - as thick black smoke and swirling ash turned day into night.

California Fire Department (Cal Fire) officials warned residents to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

The largest of the fires, the Thomas Fire, is crawling toward Santa Barbara.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said over 230,000 people have been forced to evacuate in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

About 100 officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were sent to the neighborhood to handle evacuation orders, said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. Humidity will be in the 5- to 15- percent range.

Southern California is fighting off a renewed onslaught from the wildfires menacing greater Los Angeles, forcing thousands of evacuations, shutting down schools and highways and leaving the region on edge.

Jeremy Broekman was camped out at his in-laws' house in Sherman Oaks after evacuating his family of five early on Wednesday from their home a mile (1.6 km) away from the Skirball fire.

Another blaze, the Rye Fire, threatened more than 5000 homes and structures northwest of Los Angeles. Officials were focused on keeping the fire from jumping the freeway and heading east. Fire crews managed to keep the blaze from the town's edge, although new lines, blown by off-shore winds, remained a peril.

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