Garcetti has warned those with asthma or other health conditions to stay indoors as the smoke from the fires has caused poor air quality. "We expect to be out here all week, fighting and containing this fire".
Hundreds of homes have been destroyed and a further 12,000 buildings and structures are threatened by Thomas alone, officials said.
More than 125 firefighters were on the scene and that water-dropping helicopters were being used, the newspaper said.
"I was going to die in this house", she told the LA Times. "The thing had moved nearly half a mile, you know, in just a matter of seconds".
As homes are destroyed or damaged in the area, there will likely be an uptick in lease and rental demand, said Umansky, though the rental vacancy rate in Bel-Air and Brentwood area is very low.
About 600 firefighters from multiple agencies were battling the inferno.
Evacuations ordered in Bel Air as wildfire burns near the 405 freeway
One L.A. city firefighter was injured when a bulldozer rolled over. Some 50 acres had burned within a matter of just two hours as Los Angeles firefighters contend with wind gusts of up to 30 mph.
Horses are evacuated from a ranch along Kagel Canyon at the Creek fire Tuesday morning.
Gibson said there are 85 horses are boarded at the ranch and more than 20 cattle.
A horse is evacuated along Osborne street at the Creek fire Tuesday morning. "Residents of Mandeville Canyon and Sullivan Canyon should be prepared for evacuation the department said". Homes in the Santiago Estates development in Sylmar were visibly burned. Other structures were spotted burning on nearby Via Santa Barbara.
Evacuation centers have been established at Delano Recreation Center, 15100 Erwin St., Van Nuys; Balboa RC, 17015 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys; Sherman Oaks RC, 14201 Huston St., Sherman Oaks; and Westwood RC, 1350 Sepulveda Blvd., Westwood.
The mayor urged residents to heed orders to evacuate - saying, "Do not wait".