December 7, 2017
Massive wildfires are affecting several counties in Southern California.
Authorities say the Los Angeles area faces its highest wildfire risk Thursday with wind gusts up to 85 miles-per-hour.
The National Weather Service has issued red flag and high wind warnings through Friday and some through Sunday.
The fires have prompted the evacuation of more than 100,000 residents, and left at tens of thousands without power.
The Thomas Fire in Ventura County scorched 96,000 acres with just five percent containment by Thursday morning. Sheriff’s deputies say a body was found in a canyon where the fire sparked, but they are unsure if the death was fire related.
Other fires are burning in Bel Air, Santa Clarita and Sylmar, as well as the San Diego County community of Bonsall.
More than 30 horses are killed by the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County.
The owners of Ranch Padilla in Sylmar returned to their charred home Wednesday after they were unable to evacuate their horses in time.
Firefighters reportedly woke them up at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, and they were forced to evacuate immediately.
They were unable to open the burning barn that housed the animals, but six managed to make it out alive.
One of them– Chapparra –remains in critical condition at a local vet.
Local residents are raising funds to pay for the horse’s treatment as the deadly fires in and around L.A. continue to burn.