The air is still thick in Los Angeles, as firefighters continue the battle, some schools are closed for the week, and some roads still jammed.
Thursday marks the third day of the ongoing wildfires, and Wednesday’s winds gusts made things worse.
Fire officials in Los Angeles say progress in containing the fires that are impacting the country’s second largest city has halted.
The Thomas Fire has grown to 100-thousand acres and has expanded from Ventura to neighboring cities.
The Creek Fire has scorched over 12-thousand acres, and was five percent contained by Tuesday night, destroying 30 buildings.
The Rye Fire has grown to 7-thousand acres — with 10 percent containment — and the evacuation orders have been lifted.
The Skirball Fire shut down the 405 freeway for most of Tuesday.
While there have been no reports of Filipino homes destroyed by the fires, many Filipinos in the area were a little too close to the flames.
Here’s a few of the pictures they’ve sent us.
A total of 110-thousand residents have been evacuated.
Nurse Jen Aglipay had to evacuate her San Fernando Valley home because of the Creek Fire. As far as she knows, her home is still there, and will try to return later today.
Community leader Techie Emperador was on her morning commute through the 405 Freeway when the Skirball Fire erupted.
The freeway has since reopened, while firefighters continue battling the hillside blazes.
Santa Clarita resident Lewis Altura snapped this eerie picture of Six Flags Magic Mountain surrounded by the Rye Fire.
Even Filipino first responders caught some pictures of behind the scenes action. LAPD Officer Arleen Botajica was on duty in the West Side, as first responders made their way thru the Skirball fire’s danger zone.
Firefighting efforts will continue for the next several days, and while the winds are expected to weak; they continue to pose a threat.
Residents near the fires danger zones are encouraged to be prepared to evacuate at a moments notice.