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The forecast is disturbing enough that the Los Angeles school system has canceled classes in many San Fernando Valley schools and officials are bracing for more fires across the region. Residents in Sullivan Canyon and Mandeville Canyon were told to be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.

Wind speeds could increase in the coming days, reaching as much as 60 miles per hour through Thursday, officials said.

The strongest Santa Ana winds of the season drove multiple wildfires in Southern California this week.

As of press time, the fire is heading from the east toward the Getty Center and toward UCLA.

Fifteen engines from the Creek Fire were moved to the Skirball Fire Wednesday, the chief said at a morning news conference.

Firefighting resources were stretched in as other fires, including the Creek Fire and the Thomas Fire, raged on elsewhere in Southern California.

California's top firefighter says the state is in for the worst Santa Ana wind conditions it's ever seen.

"We are losing some property and that is tragic, but the most important thing is peoples' lives", said City Councilman Paul Koretz.

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The University of California, Los Angeles, has canceled classes for the rest of the day due to hard traffic problems stemming from a wildfire.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, one of the private properties damaged by the Skirball fire is the $28.8-million winery and estate of News Corp.

Little flame was visible by late Tuesday, but in the morning fire exploded on the steep slopes of Sepulveda Pass, closing a section of heavily traveled Interstate 405 and destroying four homes. Two firefighting helicopters have been assigned.

Wind-whipped wildfires are burning extremely dry terrain along the northern and western edges of Los Angeles, and, more extensively, Ventura County, northwest of the city, for a third day.

The same vicious winds that made three Southern California wildfires so destructive are also making the firefight itself more hard.

The blazes brought evacuation orders for almost 200,000 people, destroyed almost 200 homes and have remained mostly out control.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption High winds meant the fires spread very quickly, making them very hard for firefighters to control.