Fire rages in LA's tony Bel-Air

Five blazes close highways, schools; 200,000 Californians flee


Photographs by AP/NOAH BERGER

Flames from a wildfire leap above traffic Wednesday on California 101 north of Ventura, Calif.

A wildfire broke out in Los Angeles' exclusive Bel-Air section Wednesday as yet another part of Southern California found itself under siege from an outbreak of wind-whipped blazes that have consumed multimillion-dollar houses and tract homes alike.


Bree Laubacher looks through the ashes of her home Wednesday in Ventura, Calif., one of hundreds in the Los Angeles area that... + Enlarge

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