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Almost 30 horses burned by California wildfire

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Los Angeles California wildfire

However, they provided good news during the 7 a.m. news conference, saying the Creek Fire was 10 percent contained despite high winds throughout southern California.

Officials hope the electronic push will keep the whole region alert and keep the death toll from the week's fires at zero.

Two new wildfires broke out Thursday in Southern California, destroying at least 22 structures between them and threatening hundreds more, presenting yet another hurdle for overstretched fire crews.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) said the "erratic and unpredictable" wind gusts will continue through Saturday, warning that the winds could whip through with speeds as high as 50 to 70 miles per hour. Much of Southern California is also experiencing humidity levels in the teens or even single digits.

Virginia Padilla, whose family owns a ranch in Sylmar, told reporters the fire killed at least 30 of the ranch's horses.

The Thomas fire, which was the first to ignite, has already burned about 90,000 acres of land and is expected to intensify due to the increasing winds.

The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted, "LAPD Working to Save Every Californian, Pets Included" along with a photo of a police officer in a respirator rescuing a cat.

Some of those who fled as flames closed in had time to do little more than run. The closure led to massive congestion on many streets in the San Fernando Valley and in West Los Angeles.

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Several fires also menaced the nation's second largest city, including a 450-acre blaze that burned several multimillion-dollar mansions in the tony Bel-Air neighborhood and threatened the Getty Center arts complex and its priceless collection.

Even stronger gusts were expected throughout Thursday potentially exceeding 80 miles per hour, according to the U.S. Forest Service. As of late Wednesday, the Thomas fire had grown to 96,000 acres.

San Luis Rey residents on Camp Pen are in an Evacuation Warning status.

Along the coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara, tiny beach communities were under siege as fire leapt from steep hillsides across U.S. Highway 101.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said over 230,000 people have been forced to evacuate in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The Los Angeles Police Department has advised drivers to be wary of following navigation apps that direct them through areas that are on fire.

While October is supposed to start the region's rainy season, the past two months have been extremely dry, with just.11 inches of rain reported in Downtown Los Angeles since October and no traceable amounts of rain reported at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Clark said.

The fire was just 5 percent contained as of Wednesday night and 1,100 personnel are now fighting the fire.

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