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SoCal fires continue: emergency alert systems, price gouging and latest on Ventura, Skirball

Vehicles pass beside a wall of flames on the 101 highway as it reaches the coast during the Thomas wildfire near Ventura, California on December 6, 2017. California motorists commuted past a blazing inferno Wednesday as wind-whipped wildfires raged across the Los Angeles region, with flames triggering the closure of a major freeway and mandatory evacuations in an area dotted with mansions. / AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Vehicles pass beside a wall of flames on the 101 highway as it reaches the coast during the Thomas wildfire near Ventura, California on December 6, 2017.

Fires continue burning throughout Southern California.

Fires continue burning throughout Southern California.

As winds strengthen, the fire in Ventura County is pushing towards populated areas. In the meantime, the Skirball Fire has burned 475 acres and Bel Air residents are under mandatory evacuation. We check in with the latest on the fires.

Plus, the city attorney of Los Angeles joins us to discuss illegal price gouging in the wake of evacuations. And did you get an emergency alert last night? We talk about how the emergency alert system in California works and how you can keep yourself informed.

Guests:

Robert Garrova, KPCC reporter at the site of the Skirball Fire; he tweets 

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, KPCC reporter at the site of the Thomas Fire; he tweets 

Kelly Huston, a deputy director with California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

Brianna Sacks, reporter at BuzzFeed News

Charlie Eadie, principal with Eadie Consultants, a Santa Cruz-based firm specializing in helping communities rebuild after disasters, including fires

Mike Feuer, City Attorney of Los Angeles

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