Getty, Skirball Centers Reopen, But CA Fires Continue

Firefighters work to put out a blaze burning homes in Ventura, California.
Firefighters work to put out a blaze burning homes in Ventura, California. // Photo by Ryan Cullom/Ventura County Fire Department via AP, Newscred

The Getty Center and The Skirball Center in Los Angeles have reopened, but powerful wildfires are continuing to rage across southern California.

According to their respective websites, both The Getty Center and The Skirball Cultural Center have reopened as of Friday, December 8. The Skirball Center’s annual Hanukkah Festival will take place as scheduled this Sunday, December 10.

CNN reports that six large wildfires have burned 141,000 acres across southern California this week, with the dry air and strong wind forecast to continue fueling the blazes through Sunday. A new fire broke out in San Diego County Thursday, moving west toward Oceanside and Camp Pendleton. Thus far 190,000 people have been forced to evacuate, and residents have been warned to remain ready to evacuate even if they don’t live in immediately affected areas.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a number of organizations are collecting help for victims of the fires. The American Red Cross is sending volunteers and collecting online donations. The Thomas Fire Fund is also collecting online donations.

The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) continues to remain open during the fires, and according to the airport’s real-time flight tracker, flights are continuing to operate.

A full list of evacuation areas from the government of California is available here.  

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