Live updates: Evacuations underway in Los Angeles as Getty Fire explodes to 500 acres

first_imgErin Donalson/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — As winds reach extremely dangerous levels in Southern California, the Getty Fire in Los Angeles is exploding in size and forcing thousands of residents to flee their homes. Burning in the hills north of Los Angeles’ famous Getty Center, the fire has consumed 500 acres. The Getty Center and Getty Villa are safe, but many houses were on fire.Mandatory evacuations are in effect in Los Angeles from the 405 freeway to the ocean — which spans some of the most expensive real estate in the city. Southbound lanes of the 405 freeway, the busiest highway in the country, are now closed.In Los Angeles’ upscale Brentwood neighborhood, fire crews put out fires on multiple homes early Monday as the sky glowed orange from the flames and dense smoke.Horrible situation on #tigertail right now in #Brentwood – have counted 6 homes on fire and there’s likely more. The #GettyFire continued to burn out of control in the hills of Brentwood. Stay with @ABC7 for live coverage pic.twitter.com/u8IZM9eN1c— Josh Haskell (@abc7JoshHaskell) October 28, 2019LeBron James said he was among those forced to evacuate from his home overnight.My best wishes as well to the first responders right now doing what they do best! — LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s parents also evacuated, and the mayor Monday morning urged anyone in an evacuation area to leave immediately. He said he saw five homes destroyed.“We’ve seen fires and tragedies were people have believed they could stay,” Garcetti said. “Do not do that. The only thing you cannot replace is you and your family.”The cause of the quickly spreading blaze is under investigation but Garcetti said it was not caused by homeless encampments.Throughout the day, the conditions in Los Angeles will be extremely dangerous for fire growth.NIGHT BRUSH FIRE 10/28/19 @LACoFireAirOps Firehawk helicopter using night vision technology to assist @LAFD with the #GettyFire in the Sepulveda Pass. Follow @LAFD for updates. pic.twitter.com/CDsgGHVjUw— LACoFireAirOps (@LACoFireAirOps) October 28, 2019Dry Santa Ana winds are expected throughout the day, leaving Angelenos in an extremely critical fire risk area. Gusty winds and dry conditions can cause an existing fire to behave erratically and any spark could quickly expand into a major blaze.Wind gusts already reached 66 mph in the Los Angeles area early Monday.The Getty Fire is just one of the dangerous blazes burning in the Golden State.In Northern California, the monster Kincade Fire has been burning since Wednesday night and has consumed over 66,000 acres in the heart of wine country.All Sonoma County public schools are closed Monday and Tuesday due to the dangerous fire.Current look at the #kincadefire right now. We’re currently in Windsor where the fire is quickly spreading. @ABC10 pic.twitter.com/EIZcmtD5ix— Kevin John (@heykevinjohn) October 28, 2019Rough winds, including a 93 mph gust, contributed to the Kincade Fire rapidly growing over the weekend. Containment fell from 10% to 5%.Over 90 structures have been destroyed and tens of thousands are still threatened. Two firefighters have suffered burn injuries.Winds are forecast to weaken in Northern California on Monday, but critical fire conditions are expected to return to the region on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing gusts up to 40 mph.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UN urges countries to repatriate 27,000 children from Syria

first_imgUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. counterterrorism chief is urging countries to repatriate the 27,000 children stranded in a massive camp in northeastern Syria. Many of them are sons and daughters of Islamic State extremists who once controlled large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Vladimir Voronkov told an informal Security Council meeting on Friday that the horrific situation of the children in Al Hol camp is one of the most pressing issues in the world today. He says the children remain stranded, abandoned to their fate, vulnerable to be preyed on by Islamic State enforcers, and at risk of radicalization within the camp.last_img

Grenada government charters aircraft to bring nationals home from Venezuela

first_img Sharing is caring! Image via: mapsofworld.comST GEORGE’S, Grenada — A government effort, involving long hours of negotiations and thousands of dollars in costs, has resulted in the safe return to Grenada of more than 35 passengers, including children, who went adrift off the Venezuelan coast.The MV Amelia A, which was travelling on September 15 from Trinidad to Grenada, experienced engine failure and went off its intended route.The vessel was tracked through a joint undertaking of Grenadian, Trinidadian and Venezuelan coast guard officers.All passengers, including a handful of non-nationals, were eventually flown back to Grenada from Venezuela on Saturday, September 24, on board a chartered Conviasa airline.They expressed appreciation for the assistance given to them during their ordeal, including help from the Grenada government.Benedict Phillip was among the thankful passengers excited to be back on Grenadian soil.“When we realized we were adrift we thought we would have been rescued sooner,’’ he said. “However, we met hospitable people on an island off Venezuela and I want to express my thanks to both the governments of Grenada and Venezuela. We just couldn’t desire better.’’The stranded passengers reported how worried they were on not being able to contact family members in Grenada. But, they kept their hopes high through prayer services.“At first we couldn’t get phone calls to our families and we were worried,’’ one female passenger said. “I was scared; we were between nowhere. We turned left, we saw water; we turn right, we saw water. It was only water and clouds and that was scary. But, people came together and consoled one other, and they advised us not to panic.’’ Christine Bartholomew, who was accompanied on the vessel by her 11-year-old granddaughter, described it as “nerve-wracking experience’’ that has changed her life. She said she and her fellow passengers had faith in God.Bartholomew, a resident of St Mark, added that she was more worried about her family back home than about herself.The passengers were met at Maurice Bishop International Airport in St George’s by family and friends, as well as representatives of the Grenadian and Venezuelan governments. They included Senator Denneth Modeste, Grenada’s Minister of State for the Environment, Foreign Trade and Export Development; and Venezuela’s Ambassador to Grenada, Carlos Amador Perez Silva.Modeste praised the then acting prime minister, Patrick Simmons, for his commitment in getting the passengers back to Grenada.“I wish to thank the acting prime minister for the manner in which he handled this issue. We are pleased with the way things worked out,’’ said Modeste. “This is an indication of the growing relations between Grenada and Venezuela.’’The Venezuelan ambassador said he was pleased to see the passengers back home.“I believe the happy conclusion is evidence of the good relations between Grenada and Venezuela, in that we can work very close in situations like this. We try to do our best in circumstances as those,’’ he said.Perez said he was also delighted in the accommodation afforded the passengers by the Venezuelan authorities, “and the way they have taken care of you during your stay there.’’The MV Amelia A was towed into Port St George on Monday. Caribbean News Now Share Share 13 Views   no discussionscenter_img NewsRegional Grenada government charters aircraft to bring nationals home from Venezuela by: – September 28, 2011 Tweet Sharelast_img read more