Fires spare Reagan library but menace homes near Los Angeles PKG


ONE OF THE CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES THREATENING THE RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY. THE FLAMES COMING WITHIN ABOUT THIRTY YARDS OF THE COMPLEX. FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT WILLIAM LA JEUNESSE HAS MORE FROM SIMI VALLEY. 3 HURRICANE FORCE WIND GUSTS, SINGLE DIGIT HUMIDITY AND NO RECENT RAIN CREATING THE PERFECT STORM FOR EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA. THE WIND WHIPPED “EASY FIRE” IGNITING EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING WITH FLAMES QUICKLY WRAPPING AROUND THE REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY IN SIMI VALLEY, FORTY-FIVE MILES NORTHWEST OF DOWNTOWN L-A.LA JEUNESSE says: “Hand crews making sure those embers do not reignite as well as this pumper truck right here doing the same thing on the hillside. The Reagan Library was at one point surrounded on three sides by fire as these fierce winds drive the flames westward.” THE LIBRARY HAS FIRE DOORS TO PROTECT THE DISPLAYS AND ARTIFACTS, BUT, IT WAS STILL TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT FOR THE LIBRARY’S DIRECTOR.HEUBUSCH says: “I stood on a hill with a couple of, with a dozen firemen and literally stopped flames about one hundred yards from President and Misses Reagan’s gravesite. That shows you just how close this came. The place was really in peril.” FIRE CREWS SAVED THE BUILDING WITH NO HELP FROM MOTHER NATURE. COOK says: “The fire outflanked us very rapidly today, pushed by those forty to fifty mile-per-hour winds. We did experience gusts up to sixty-five miles-per-hour this morning, which made long range spotting very, very dangerous, and also quickly outpaced the initial attack resources.” THE WINDS ALSO PUSHING A FAST MOVING FIRE EAST OF LOS ANGELES IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY. HUNDREDS — INCLUDING RESIDENTS OF A NURSING HOME — FORCED TO EVACUATE. WHILE FIREFIGHTERS KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON ANY POTENTIAL FLARE-UPS AT THE GETTY FIRE IN WEST L-A, THE CAUSE OF THE BLAZE IS NOW CLEAR. DASH CAM VIDEO SHOWING AN EXPLOSION THE MOMENT THE FIRE STARTED. GARCETTI says: “This was, simply put, in plain parlance, an act of God. The wind broke off a tree branch, threw that tree branch because of these strong winds far enough to cause a spark off a line.” SO, WE’RE ON THE BACKSIDE OF THE REAGAN LIBRARY. IT HAS BEEN SAVED. YOU CAN SEE THE FIRE HAS MOVED ON TO THE WEST, AS WELL AS A 3 SECOND FIRE NOW BURNING ALSO IN SIMI VALLEY THREATENING ADDITIONAL NEIGHBORHOODS, AND FORCING BLACKOUTS. THESE FORTY-FIVE MILE AN HOUR WINDS AND HIGHER EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH TOMORROW EVENING, SO, WE DON’T KNOW HOW LONG THESE FIRES COULD ACTUALLY BURN. IN SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, WILLIAM LA JEUNESSE, FOX NEWS. 3 3 SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO GET CREATIVE WITH THEIR HALLOWEEN COSTUMES MAY

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