Wildfire burns in Los Angeles
Brentwood resident Leslie Tuchman, 75, grabbed her clothing, important papers and medication before evacuating her condo because of the Getty Fire.
“I just didn’t know how fast and in what direction the fire could go. The brush was on fire on the 405 and I live five minutes from there," Tuchman said.
She said she was afraid she wouldn't be able to get her car out of the garage if the power went out.
“A friend called me about 6 and I turned in the TV. And I couldn’t tell what part of Brentwood it was going to go to. I live in a condo and the power goes out when it rains. So I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get the car out of the garage if the power went out," Tuchman said.
Tuchman is now staying at the Westwood Recreation Center because she said feels "safe being around other people."
Uber is offering free rides for people affected by the wildfires in Los Angeles and Sonoma counties, the company said in a statement.
“Our thoughts are with the people impacted by the wildfires in LA and Sonoma Counties," the ride-sharing company said. "To help those affected, we’re offering two free rides (up to $20 each) to and/or from the evacuation centers in the areas."
Here's a list of the evacuation centers:
- Napa Valley College
- CrossWalk Community Church Napa
- Alameda County Fairgrounds
Los Angeles County
- Westwood Recreation Center
- Van Nuys / Sherman Oaks Recreation Center
- Stoner Recreation Center
- Cheviot Hills Recreation Center
California’s Public Utilities Commission is launching a formal investigation into the Public Safety Power Shutoffs by utility companies.
In an effort to ensure that the widespread Public Safety Power Shutoffs are not repeated, the CPUC is calling for immediate changes, according to their statement.
The CPUC also wants to ensure that customers are not charged for services while their power is off.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said utilities companies could be fined $100,000 per day, per incident if the PSPS protocols are breached. In a news conference earlier today, Newsom said the CPUC will be aggressive in enforcing those protocols.
Petaluma Fire Department posted this photo below showing firefighters taking a much-needed rest at a vineyard in Geyserville, California.
"When you’re awake for nearly 36 hours and get a break from the fireline, you get rest when you can, where you can. Thanks Robert Young Estate Winery for letting us bed down on the lawn," the fire department said in a Facebook post.
Robert Young Estate Winery also posted photos of the firefighters and thanked them for their services.
"We so appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers sent our way today. The past 24 hours have been tense for our family, and our friends and neighbors in Alexander Valley. We feel extremely fortunate that as of now, the winery and family homes on the property are safe. A few heartwarming moments pictured here, the incredible firefighters taking a much deserved break to eat and rest on our lawn this afternoon. There are not words to express our gratitude for their efforts!" the winery wrote.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris told reporters her home in California was evacuated during the wildfires.
"We’re evacuated," she told reporters during a gaggle in Philadelphia.
The California senator then vowed to provide support from a federal level to her home state.
“There are firefighters who are fighting fires, while their own homes are burning, and they should be given all the resources on support I spoke with Mayor Garcetti, Gavin Newsom the Governor and we’ll continue to do everything I can on the federal level to make sure that the state receives all the support it needs to do the work it has to do," Harris said.
An active arson investigation is underway into the cause of the Getty Fire, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced in a news conference.
He was quick to point out that they are not saying that someone intentionally set the fire, but are trying to determine the cause of the fire. It remains an active investigation.
“We’re not ruling out anything,” Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said, noting that the fire started just off the 405 freeway at Sepulveda Boulevard.
The Getty Fire has burned 618 acres and destroyed eight homes. Five other homes have been damaged, according to Garcetti. He said the fire growth is slowing and onshore winds are helping to improve weather conditions.
The southbound lanes of the 405 freeway remain closed through the Sepulveda Pass and will remain so for two to three more hours, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Doug Young.
Watch for more details on the fire:
Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison are putting customers on standby, warning of yet more Public Safety Power Shutoffs due to increased wildfire risk.
PG&E estimates that 520,000 to 640,000 customers in 35 counties could see power cuts.
More than 15,000 Southern California Edison customers are currently without power. Another 350,000 customers could face shutoffs.
High winds are in the forecast again: The winds expected to hit the state Tuesday into Wednesday. This wind event is not expected to be as severe as this past weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
Warm temperatures, low humidity and strong winds triggered a "red flag warning" due to the high fire danger.
President Trump is monitoring the wildfires in California, and federal resources are available, the White House said in a statement.
"We continue to work with the Governor and his staff to determine if additional support is necessary," the statement read.
Here's the full statement:
“The White House and FEMA have been in contact with State and local officials in California, including Governor Newsom personally. Federal resources have been made available and we continue to work with the Governor and his staff to determine if additional support is necessary. The President will continue to monitor the situation.”
There are 16 active fires that have burned over 94,000 acres across California this fall.
Los Angeles County firefighters are now fighting a 10-acre blaze near Calabasas, California.
Officials are calling the blaze the Oak Fire, which is threatening structures.