New wildfires in Simi Valley, California are threatening the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
— DeMarco Morgan (@DeMarcoReports) October 30, 2019
“Ronald Reagan Presidential Library has fires burning on both sides,” CBS 2 reporter DeMarco Morgan tweeted Wednesday morning, with a photo showing the large fire and the lighted library atop the hill.
The library is home to many irreplaceable artifacts from Reagan’s 8 years in the White House, including the plane from his presidency, motorcade vehicles and presidential papers.
Here’s video, via KTLA:
— KTLA (@KTLA) October 30, 2019
— Kal 🇺🇸⭐⭐💫⭐⭐✝️ (@RightWingLawMan) October 30, 2019
Another photo shows smoke near the historical facility:
— Dan Cohen (@DanCohenFOX11) October 30, 2019
The library and surrounding area is under an immediate evacuation order.
#SimiValley #EasyFire UPDATE: Immediate evacuations being ordered in the area of the Reagan Library. Fire impacting that area. Fire on both sides of Tierra Rejada. Fire will impact the 23 Freeway in approximately 30 minutes.
— 805 News Relay (@805NewsRelay) October 30, 2019
Additional firefighting “strike teams” have been called to the library:
#EasyFire (Simi Valley) – 2 addl engine strike teams any type requested to the Reagan Library. AA52 overhead & has mapped the fire at 100 acres so far.
— CA Fire Scanner (@CAFireScanner) October 30, 2019
The fire is expected to be whipped up by high winds in the area. Reuters reports:
Extraordinarily dry, prolonged Santa Ana winds are predicted to gust through Southern California on Wednesday, prompting strong warnings from meteorologists as residents contend with damaging wildfires.
It was a daunting forecast for firefighters battling a 600-acre (240-hectare) blaze consuming the shrub-covered hills near the Getty Center museum in Los Angeles that has displaced thousands of residents. A new brush fire erupted on Wednesday morning in nearby Simi Valley in Ventura County, prompting officials to order mandatory evacuations in the suburbs around the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
The National Weather Service issued an “extreme red flag” warning for wildfires in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen us use this warning,” forecaster Marc Chenard tells Reuters. “It’s pretty bad.”