Devastating fires sweep across southern California
Firefighters have to contend with the burning fed by the whipping Santa Ana winds; Adam Housley has the details for ‘Special Report.’
Two of the biggest titans of the tech industry, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, both weighted with concerns about the fires in southern California, which have wreaked havoc on the lower part of the state.
The comments on Twitter, Cook, who has made use of his account to weigh in on a number of political and social issues, said that Apple’s thoughts are with the victims of the forest fires. “Our thoughts are with our fellow Californians affected by the devastating fires and the brave firefighters working to contain them—stay safe,” Cook wrote.
Our thoughts are with our fellow Californians affected by the devastating fires and the brave firefighters working to contain them—stay safe.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 6, 2017
Such as Cooking, Pichai also expressed concern and noted that Google would be the tent to help with the efforts.
Thinking of the victims of the wildfires in Southern California. @Googleorg and Googlers to commit up to $500K in support of the relief efforts.
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) December 6, 2017
“Thinking of the victims of the wildfires in Southern California,” Pichai wrote. “@Googleorg and Googlers to commit up to $500K in support of the relief efforts.”
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The fire began on Sunday and are expected to worsen Thursday, wind gusts of more than 50 km / h went through the greater Los Angeles region. The dangerous winds forecast to fan the flames in different directions and force more evacuations from an area where more than 200,000 people have already fled.
Residents in the region are wary after seeing almost 200 homes and buildings destroyed since the fire broke at the end of the Sunday.
“We are in the beginning of a prolonged wind event,” Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told the Los Angeles Times. “There will be no ability to fight fire in these kinds of winds.”
The Skirball Fire, which broke out on Wednesday morning, has burned approximately 500 acres so far in the neighborhood of large estates in the exclusive neighborhood of Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles and only five percent contained.
No deaths or civilian injuries have been reported since the storm began Sunday, according to Reuters. Three firefighters were injured and in the hospital in stable condition as a result of the Skirball Fire, the Los Angeles Fire department said.
Fox News’ Travis Fedschun, and the Associated Press contributed to this story. Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter @Chris_Ciaccia