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Southern California wildfires threaten affluent neighborhoods

University of California, Los Angeles, the Getty Museum and Dr. Dre all have one thing in common—blazes from several major fires threaten to burn their homes and businesses.

Reports show hillsides cascading in intense flames along the highway and into affluent neighborhoods on the west side of Los Angeles, as a freak wildfire burns out-of-contrl. People woke up to ash covering their cars and lawns as emergency workers attempt to temper fires.

Google geo-spatial map of southern California fires

The New Normal

High winds, unseasonably warm and dry conditions created a climate for fires to ignite the desert city. Unfortunately, fires are normalized in this area. So expected that people drove by hillsides in which flames could jump onto highways at any moment.

Since Wednesday, fires torched 90,000 acres and at least 150 structures.

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