New Wildfire Starts Near Los Angeles
A dangerous wildfire has started in the Bel Air area of Los Angeles, California, as firefighters battle three other fires across Southern California.
The latest wildfire reached the side of the busy Interstate 405 through the Santa Monica Mountains. It stopped car traffic.
Hundreds of firefighters fought the fire on the ground and planes dropped water and retardant from above.
Firefighters told Bel Air local Maurice Kaboud to leave his home Wednesday. But, he chose to stay and protect his house. The 59-year-old stood in the backyard of his multi-million-dollar home as fires raged nearby.
"God willing, this will slow down so the firefighters can do their job," Kaboud said.
Southern California's Santa Ana winds have long contributed to some of the area's most disastrous wildfires. The winds blow from inland toward the Pacific Ocean. They gain speed through mountain passes and valleys.
The biggest and most destructive of Southern California's wildfires is in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles. It now covers over 262 square kilometers and stretches across a major highway. The fire had already destroyed at least 150 structures. But many more homes may have already been lost.
Lisa Kermode and her children returned to their home Tuesday to find it destroyed. Kermode said, "We lost everything, everything, all our clothes, anything that was important to us. All our family heirlooms — it's not sort of gone, it's completely gone."
Another 12,000 structures were under threat.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the strong winds had created a dangerous situation. The city urged 150,000 people living near the fire to leave their homes before it was too late.
Two months ago, a wildfire in northern California killed 44 people.
"We have lost structures, we have not lost lives," Garcetti said. "Do not wait. Leave your homes."
The latest fire has stopped production of several television shows because of safety concerns. The Los Angeles Rams football team also canceled its practice.
Wildfires are not normal in Southern California this time of year. But they can start suddenly when there is too little rain, combined with the Santa Ana winds.
Almost no measurable rain has fallen in the area over the past six months.
1.car traffic 车流
Large rescue vehicles and heavy car traffic makes the roads impassable.
2.combined with 与...结合
In English study, intensive reading must be combined with extensive reading.
3.strong wind 强风
The big tree rocked in the strong wind.
4.returned to 返回
My friend and I returned to town by the midnight express.
5.Another 12,000 structures were under threat.
under threat 受到...威胁
A third of Africa is under threat of desertification.
She lives daily under threat of violence.
6."God willing, this will slow down so the firefighters can do their job," Kaboud said.
slow down 减弱；放缓
The car slowed down as they passed Customs.
You will need to slow down for a while.
周三，消防员通知贝尔艾尔当地居民莫里斯（Maurice Kaboud）赶紧从家中撤离 。但是，他坚持留下来保护房子 。当林火在附近肆虐时，这位59岁的老人孤身站在这栋数百万美元的豪宅后院里 。
长期以来，南加州的“圣安娜风”一直是引发该地区最严重森林火灾的祸首之一 。该风从内陆吹向太平洋 。当它们经过山口和山谷时，风速会加快 。
规模最大、破坏性最强的林火发生在洛杉矶西北部的文图拉县 。这场大火覆盖了262平方公里且横跨一条主要公路 。大火导致150多座建筑被毁 。更多民居可能早已被焚毁 。
周二，丽萨·克默德（Lisa Kermode）和孩子们回家发现房子被毁了 。克默德说:“我们什么也没了，所有的家当，所有的衣服，所有重要的东西 。家里所有的传家宝——都不是丢了，而是全被烧没了 。”
洛杉矶市长埃里克·加西提（Eric Garcetti）表示，强风导致火势失控 。洛杉矶呼吁，居住在大火附近的15万居民尽早离开家园 。
加西提称：“房子诚可贵，但生命价更高 。不要再逗留 。请尽早离开家园 。”
出于安全考虑，一些电视节目受林火影响被迫停播 。“洛杉矶公羊队”也取消了训练 。
每年的此时，加州南部的林火会出现异常 。如果赶上降水太少和“圣塔安娜风”，林火就会一发不可收拾 。