Luxury in flames: Shocking pics of posh LA burning to ashes

An inferno engulfed the Los Angeles region on Wednesday (December 6), forcing more than 200,000 people to flee and threatening thousands of homes, including mansions in the luxurious Bel-Air neighborhood.

Dec 07, 2017, 11:56 AM IST

An inferno engulfed the Los Angeles region on Wednesday (December 6), forcing more than 200,000 people to flee and threatening thousands of homes, including mansions in the luxurious Bel-Air neighborhood.

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Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

An inferno engulfed the Los Angeles region on Wednesday (December 6), forcing more than 200,000 people to flee and threatening thousands of homes, including mansions in the luxurious Bel-Air neighborhood. (Text courtesy: AFP; Photo: Reuters)

 

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Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

Authorities issued a "purple" alert -- never used before -- because of the extreme danger including winds that could reach 80 miles an hour (128 kilometers an hour), severely limiting firefighting efforts. (IANS Photo)

 

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Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

The flames have swallowed about 80,000 acres (32,000 hectares) in just over a day since the "Thomas" fire, currently the state`s largest, broke out, leaving at least one dead in an area about 45 minutes from downtown LA. (Reuters Photo)

 

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Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

High winds caused another wave of wildfires to erupt overnight Tuesday (December 5), including one in Los Angeles` affluent Bel-Air neighborhood. (IANS Photo)

 

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Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

The area battled gridlocked traffic as residents fled ash and smoke that churned over the smoldering hillside in the United States` second-largest city. (IANS Photo)

 

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Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

Fire crews worked to save luxury homes threatened by the flames. (PTI Photo)

 

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Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

US media reported that the Bel-Air Moraga Estate of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, which contains a vineyard, was threatened by the wildfire. (Reuters Photo)

 

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Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said more than 230,000 people had been forced from their homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. (Reuters Photo)

 

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Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

Luxury in flames: Massive fire turns posh Los Angeles to ashes

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it had released funds for relief services. (Reuters Photo)

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