(CNN)The race to stop an inferno torching parts of the Los Angeles area will get more dangerous, as the flames are stoked by hurricane force winds.
Gusts of up to 70 mph will fuel the Getty Fire through Thursday, threatening more than 7,000 homes, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. (For comparison, a hurricane has sustained winds of at least 74 mph.)And that’s just one of at least 10 wildfires burning across California. Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaInmate firefighters battle the Kincade Fire near Healdsburg, California, on October 29.Hide Caption 1 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaA home between Healdsburg and Windsor, California, stands surrounded by charred ground on October 29. Hide Caption 2 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, and Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti tour a burned home along Tigertail Road in Brentwood, California, on October 29. Hide Caption 3 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaFirefighters work near the Getty Center in Los Angeles on October 28.Hide Caption 4 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaThousands of Los Angeles residents have been forced to evacuate their homes because of the Getty Fire.Hide Caption 5 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaLos Angeles County firefighter Collin Bashara rests near his truck on October 28.Hide Caption 6 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaSmoke from the Kincade Fire hangs over Healdsburg, California, as farm animals graze in a pasture on October 28.Hide Caption 7 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaA man walks past a burning home in Los Angeles on October 28.Hide Caption 8 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaFire crews walk along a blackened ridge as they battle the Getty Fire in Los Angeles.Hide Caption 9 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaFirefighters battling the Kincade Fire spray water at a home in Windsor, California, on Sunday, October 27.Hide Caption 10 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaDr. Emily Putt, a veterinarian who helps rescue horses from fire zones, comforts a horse as the Kincade Fire burns in Healdsburg on October 27.Hide Caption 11 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaA firefighter passes a burning home as the Kincade Fire rages in Healdsburg on October 27.Hide Caption 12 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaVines smolder in a cloud of smoke in Healdsburg.Hide Caption 13 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaFlames from the Kincade Fire consume a home in Healdsburg.Hide Caption 14 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaA team of firefighters put out a smoldering vine in Healdsburg.Hide Caption 15 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaSoda Rock Winery burns in the Kincade Fire.Hide Caption 16 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaFirefighters from Dry Creek Rancheria remove an American flag in Healdsburg.Hide Caption 17 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaA firefighter watches over a structure as the Kincade Fire threatens Chalk Hill Road in Healdsburg.Hide Caption 18 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaA firefighter sets a back fire along a hillside in Healdsburg on Saturday, October 26.Hide Caption 19 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaA line of fire snakes along a hillside as firefighters light backfires to slow the spread of the Kincade Fire near Geyserville, California, on October 26.Hide Caption 20 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaSodhi Singh closes up his Chevron station shortly after losing power in Healdsburg on October 26. In an attempt to avoid any more catastrophic wildfires, Pacific Gas & Electric began shutting down the power to about 940,000 customers Saturday night, citing a historic wind event in northern and central parts of the state.Hide Caption 21 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaA back fire set by firefighters burns along a hillside in Healdsburg.Hide Caption 22 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaSandy Beddow evacuates Healdsburg with her dog.Hide Caption 23 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaFirefighters set a back fire along a hillside in Healdsburg.Hide Caption 24 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaFirefighters hose down a burning house in Agua Dulce, California, on Friday, October 25. It was affected by the Tick Fire, which broke out near Santa Clarita.Hide Caption 25 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaOrange County firefighters put out remaining hot spots from a brush fire in San Clemente, California, on October 25.Hide Caption 26 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaA firefighting aircraft intervenes over Sonoma County, California, where the Kincade Fire was burning on October 25.Hide Caption 27 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaA firefighter sprays water on a burning home in Sonoma County on Thursday, October 24. Hide Caption 28 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaA Los Angeles County firefighter monitors the area as the Tick Fire burns near homes in Canyon Country on October 24.Hide Caption 29 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaThe Kincade Fire burns in the Jimtown community of Sonoma County on October 24.Hide Caption 30 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaA firefighter works the scene of a burned-out home in Santa Clarita on October 24.Hide Caption 31 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaBrandon Mani covers his face from the smoke as he walks along Highway 14 in Santa Clarita.Hide Caption 32 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaA helicopter passes a smoke plume on October 24. Hide Caption 33 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaA structure continues to burn after the Kincade Fire moved through Geyserville on October 24.Hide Caption 34 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaGeyserville, about 80 miles north of San Francisco, is among the communities under mandatory evacuation order. Hide Caption 35 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaTwo firefighters discuss a plan while battling the wildfire in Geyserville.Hide Caption 36 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaThe sun rises above a smoke-filled valley in Geyserville on October 24.Hide Caption 37 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaA fire whirl whips across dry brush as the Kincade Fire spreads through Sonoma County on October 24.Hide Caption 38 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaTrees burn as the fire engulfs a hillside in Geyserville.Hide Caption 39 of 40 Photos: Wildfires scorch CaliforniaEmbers fly across a roadway in Jimtown on October 24.Hide Caption 40 of 40The latest brush fire erupted in Simi Valley, 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles and home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Wind gusts of hurricane force were reported at a weather station about 7 miles north of the Simi Fire, also known as the Easy Fire. As of Tuesday night, the Getty Fire was only 15% contained. Fierce Santa Ana winds could last through Thursday, the National Weather Service said.Read MoreLeBron James sends taco truck to feed firefighters in LAThe blaze was likely caused by a tree branch that broke off from high winds and landed on nearby power lines, sparking and igniting nearby brush, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. An extreme red flag warning went into effect Tuesday night and will last through Thursday evening. It’s the first time the weather service has issued such a warning to convey potentially historic fire conditions.At least 26 million people are under some kind of red flag warning.’We’re ready to go and say goodbye to our home’Brigitte Kouba Neves, a Los Angeles native, says her heart stopped when her neighbor knocked on her door early Monday and told her they were in the evacuation zone.While fires torch California, an early winter storm freezes parts of the US“I can’t explain the feeling of packing a bag with the items I want to save from a fire,” she said in an Instagram post describing how she and her husband chose daily essentials and their wedding album. Neves lives in a voluntary evacuation zone. So far, she’s been safe, but that could change at any moment.”Currently, we have our suitcases by the door, the car is packed, and we’re ready to go and say goodbye to our home if they say we must,” she wrote. But she told CNN what’s it’s like to live under constant threat and worry.”I have 3-year-old twins with sensitive lungs so school has been canceled a lot, they’ve had to wear masks, and we’ve discussed the fact that there are fires far away … and it changes air quality,” she said. “We’ve let them role play with their firefighter outfits and trucks.” California’s biggest fire is far from containedNorth of the San Francisco Bay, the week-old Kincade Fire — the state’s largest active wildfire — has destroyed more than 76,000 acres across Sonoma County and more than 180 structures, including 86 single-family homes, officials said. As of Tuesday night, it was only 15% contained. At the Sonoma County Airport, several airlines have canceled all flights through Thursday. The Kincade Fire started October 23, but cause of the blaze is still under investigation. A driver tries to get past the Kincade Fire in Northern California.The good news: Forecasters say winds will weaken through Thursday, and more residents can go home. About 2,400 people from the 186,000 under evacuation orders had returned to their homes Tuesday night, Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick said. “Many of these people are still returning to homes that are without power because of the PG&E power shutoff,” he said. “So we want people to be vigilant, be aware communication may not be great.”PG&E slashes power to more Californians Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) cut off power to about 1 million customers in Northern California earlier this week in an attempt to prevent wildfires. But as hundreds of thousands started getting their power back, the PG&E started another shutoff.Why Californians are furious at the utility company PG&EAbout 73% of the customers impacted by the shutoff earlier this week had power restored by early Wednesday, PG&E said. But the company also said it would begin cutting off power to 540,000 customers ahead of stronger winds. Each “customer” can mean a home or a business, so the number of people affected is much higher than the number of customers. After a request by Gov. Gavin Newsom, PG&E announced Tuesday it would be issuing credit to customers impacted by the October 9 power shutoff, which turned off the lights for about 738,000 customers.From left, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin and Mayor Eric Garcetti tour a burned home Tuesday. In Southern California, more than 304,100 faced a possible power shutoff, Southern California Edison said. And even those not in high-risk areas could still lose power. “Customers who live in high fire risk areas as defined by the California Public Utilities Commission are more likely to experience” a shutoff, SCE said. “Customers who don’t live in these high fire risk areas may also be impacted because of how the grid is interconnected.”