Two people burned in California wildfires

Firefighters battled to put out a house on fire in the San Fernando valley north of Los Angeles

Firefighters battled to put out a house on fire in the San Fernando valley north of Los Angeles

More than 4,000 firefighters and dozens of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters have been deployed to combat the fires in Los Angeles County and Ventura County, fire officials said.

Still, said Hartwig, "this is the single best place for any art collection to be in the midst of a fire disaster like this".

The wildfires sweeping through California have left countless homeowners and businesses scrambling as the blazes continue to grow out of control in various locations throughout the state.

Gov. Jerry Brown, who had earlier declared a state of emergency in Ventura, was monitoring the Los Angeles fire while hundreds of homeowners in Bel-Air and the nearby Sherman Oaks neighborhood joined the tens of thousands of other Southern California residents who have already fled the infernos that have scorched more than 83,000 acres and reduced scores of homes and businesses to ashes, NBC Los Angeles reported.

The purple designation is part of the "Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index" to categorize the winds according to fire potential.

California Fire Department (Cal Fire) officials warned residents to be ready to leave at a moment's notice. Cal Fire investigators are exploring whether PG&E's lines sparked any of the fires that tore through the North Bay in October, killing 44 people. "Prepare now to ensure if evacuated you and your family are ready to GO!"

Some 775 firefighters were on the scene battling the Rye fire Wednesday afternoon.

"Don't pass that bush on fire", Higgins said.

The fire was burning in the same general area as the devastating Bel-Air Fire of 1961. Most of the Ojai Valley had been placed under a mandatory evacuation order.

The "Skirball" fire ignited Wednesday morning and began to sweep through Bel Air, home to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, pop superstar Beyonce and other celebrities.

Among those evacuated was model Chrissy Teigen, wife of singer John Legend. "Thinking of everyone else affected and continuing my lifelong intense love of firefighters", she added. The Lilac fire, as it was being called, wasn't far from large tracts of expensive homes. This system will keep the smoke and air pollutants from getting into the facility, and by closing the museum this week, the Getty is preventing the harmful air from entering the building through any open doors.

This has been California's deadliest year ever for wildfires.

To the north in Ventura County, the numbers were much more ominous.