The area battled gridlocked heavy traffic as ash and smoke churned over the smoldering hillside.
Los Angeles Police Cmdr.
The Thomas Fire in Ventura County had burned 96,000 acres as of Thursday, making it twice as big as Washington, D.C., and almost three times bigger than the most destructive of the Napa-Sonoma fires. Most of the outages were caused by the 65,000-acre Thomas fire in Ventura County.
"We also can look for hotspots, " Terrazas said.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) said the "erratic and unpredictable" wind gusts will continue through Saturday, warning that the winds could whip through with speeds as high as 50 to 70 miles per hour.
Officials said the strong winds fanning the fires are forecast to last through Saturday, making for extremely risky conditions. 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.
The fire threatened homes toward the top of the hill on the east side of the freeway. Both were closed for the day, as was Santa Monica College and all schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district.
"Extremely dry conditions and Santa Ana Winds will continue to elevate fire danger", Cal Fire said in a tweet.
However, mandatory evacuations in the area have been lifted.
Los Angeles County declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon due to the Skirball fire in the city's Bel-Air neighborhood.
The national weather service was predicting near hurricane-force winds for Thursday morning in the mountains and canyons of Ventura County and northwest Los Angeles County - winds that make for rapid, unpredictable fire spreading, officials said.
Authorities warned that winds will likely remain strong until Friday.
In the Sunland area of Los Angeles near the Creek Fire, Ken Villegas, a horse farm owner, said earlier in the week he saw the flames jump from across the street and enter his property, burning some of his foliage but no structures.
"We are in the beginning of a protracted wind event", said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. "Prepare now to ensure if evacuated you and your family are ready to GO!"