Firefighters were battling on the scene, being supported by water-dropping helicopters. "These are also days that show the resilience of our city".
Celebrities, like everyone else effected by the raging inferno, had to shuttle children to safety as most schools were closed in areas impacted by heavy smoke and fire. Reporter Christina Salvo says the smoke is so thick on Casiano Drive that "we couldn't see the flames. we were seeing firefighters on peoples' balconies with firehoses trying to drench the vegetation below". The 405 North freeway remains closed between the 10 and the 101 freeways, making it challenging to access some local businesses.
The risky Santa Ana winds that have fanned fires across Southern California this week have diminished over the new LA fire but conditions are very dry, with just 9 per cent relative humidity.
Garcetti had signed an emergency declaration on Tuesday for the Creek Fire, 25 miles to the north, that continued to burn out of control, now having consumed more than 11,000 acres and numerous structures. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it approved grants to help cover the cost of emergency work for the Thomas Fire and two others.
President Trump tweeted his thanks to first responders while writing that thoughts and prayers were with everyone in the fire's path.
A wind-whipped wildfire raged on Wednesday into a wealthy Southern California neighborhood, destroying at least four homes, threatening dozens more and scorching a building at a winery owned by billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
HollywoodLifers, if you're in the Los Angeles area, stay safe. I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials.
Thomas was the largest of a number of wildfires that broke out across Southern California following the onset of the Santa Ana winds. He joined a chorus of officials urging residents to immediately evacuate if they are told to do so.
"The area had been burned through three years ago in a big brush fire", said resident, Anna Determan, who have lived there for around 32 years.
At around 6 a.m., sheriff's deputies and Los Angeles Police Department officers began evacuations in the 12300 block of Little Tujunga Road down to Foothill Boulevard, according to the LAPD. Many were evacuated from the nearby homes, including Chelsea Handler.