Rupert Murdoch's $30 million Southern California estate is under threat from wildfires

Firefighters have said they are unable to contain most of the fires

Image Firefighters say they have been unable to contain most of the fires

NASA's Earth Observatory captured satellite images showing the extent of the wildfires where a steady stream of smoke is visible, streaming over the Pacific.

Powerful winds can push existing fires but also help fan new ones. "Forecasters were correct in terms of the wind forecast for tonight - it's much windier than it was yesterday".

The Santa Anas, a yearly phenomenon in the region, have this year come after a particularly dry autumn, which created a tinder box that has now been set alight.

Officials closed U.S. 101 for more than a dozen miles along the coast, cutting off a major route between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for several hours as fire charred heavy brush along lanes.

Many Twitter users have been asking their followers whether their flights are likely to be canceled, but it appears that at least for the moment, flights have not been affected by the fires.

The fire is burning in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles (48km) north of Los Angeles, according to KABC.

Elsewhere in Santa Clarita, the Rye Fire has grown to 7,000 acres since it began on Tuesday morning.

The "Skirball" fire ignited before 5:00 am (1300 GMT) and quickly grew to engulf about 150 acres around the district, home to celebrities and billionaires including SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and pop superstar Beyonce. Eventually, the man corrals the rabbit and is able to grab it up to save it from the flames.

"Heck yeah I'm still worried", Rosenzweig said. He says there were no witnesses to the crash, but no foul play is suspected. So far, the fires have claimed more than 83,000 acres of land, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people and the temporary closure of I-405, which runs right alongside the Getty near Los Angeles's Bel-Air neighborhood. Crews subsequently decided to attack it from below from Hotel Circle South, she said. Many schools across Los Angeles were closed because of poor air quality and classes were canceled at 265 schools Thursday.

People are also advised to drink plenty of fluids "to keep respiratory membranes moist" and to avoid doing anything that will stir up ash.

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