43 counties in California are experiencing red flag warnings due to wild fires

43 counties in California are experiencing red flag warnings due to wild fires

The biggest Santa Ana wind event in years may be heading to Southern California Tuesday night, making the dangerous wildfires even more unmanageable.

Gov. Gavin Newsom told reporters.told ABC News that a whopping 43 counties in California are experiencing red flag warnings as firefighters brace for a historic wind event expected to start Tuesday night.

Over 20,000 residents were forced to evacuate their homes in the middle of the night, including in neighborhoods like Brentwood and the Pacific Palisades, some of the most expensive real estate in the city.

The blaze is 15% contained and has destroyed 12 homes and partially damaged five homes, Garcetti said Tuesday afternoon. A major Santa Ana wind event hitting Tuesday night and lasting until Thursday could trigger significant blazes, firefighters warned.

More than 1,100 personnel are assigned to fighting the Getty Fire alone, Garcetti said.

Below is a video posted to ABC’s Instagram page showing residents running away from the fires in an attempt to evacuate the area.

 

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