>> Raging wildfires in Southern California have jumped highways, and even made it to the Pacific Ocean, and are now threatening upscale LA neighborhoods like Bel Air, and even the Getty Museum. The fires have been burning since Monday, and overnight another brush fire erupted in LA, spreading quickly and creating an alarming spectacle for pre-dawn commuters on the hillside east of the state's notoriously congested interstate highway 405.
Mandatory evacuations have been issues in some areas, and the Getty Museum said it shut down for the day to protect its art collection from smoke damage.>> Our plan here is to try to stop this fire before it becomes something bigger.>> The largest of the fires, known as the Thomas fire raged in and, around the city of Ventura some 50 miles northwest of L.A, and It's charred over 65,000 acres in its path.
It's about five times the area of Manhattan. More than 1,000 firefighters are battling the flames there, and 3 firefighters were injured and hospitalized, but are in stable condition. The weather isn't cooperating either. The blaze was whipped by intensifying dry Santa Ana winds forecast to top out at 70 miles per hour, and blowing westward from the Mojave Desert.
>> We are anticipating a continuation of the red flag conditions throughout the week, at least until Friday.>> California governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday, declared a state of emergency.