The video is a brief respite from the massive fires threatening hundreds of thousands of residents.
Patricia Hampton, a homeless woman who lost her tent, was sheltered at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, which is serving as an evacuation center.
Residents used garden hoses to spray palm trees to keep them from burning as firefighters scrambled to stop the progress of flames.
California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Ventura County, promising to attack the fire "with all we've got".
The Thomas fire was the largest of a number of wildfires that broke out across Southern California following the onset of the Santa Ana winds.
The National Weather Service says a more favourable wind forecast still calls for potentially dangerous gusts, but ones not likely not to approach historic levels they'd feared. "Forecasters were correct in terms of the wind forecast for tonight - it's much windier than it was yesterday".
Santa Ana winds, which have exacerbated the fire, will be returning Wednesday night and last through Saturday.
Officials closed U.S. 101 for more than a dozen miles along the coast, cutting off a major route between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for several hours as fire charred heavy brush along lanes.
Delta Airlines, meanwhile, confirmed to one Twitter user that the fires haven't impacted its flights yet.
The map also pinpoints evacuation centers: The Westwood Recreation Center 1350 at South Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles; Delano Park at 15100 Erwin Street in Van Nuys; Balboa Recreation Center at 17015 Burbank Boulevard in Encino; Van Nuys Recreation Center at 14301 Vanowen Street in Van Nuys, CA 91405; and Cheviot Hills Recreation Center at 2551 Motor Avenue.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a nearby small but growing 50-acre brush fire early this morning that forced the partial closure of the heavily traveled Interstate 405, near scenic Mulholland Drive.
Erin Mellon, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Water Resources, said that climate change is believed to have influenced the recent cycle of droughts and record rainfall.
Bloomberg reported that the property is within the current evacuation zone, and NBC is reporting that it has caught fire.
She said her husband, Hugo Romero-Rodriguez, was racked with guilt that he couldn't get inside the modest RV his family called home to rescue anything - including their beloved little dog, Coqueta.
Across the wide I-405 freeway from the fire, the Getty Center art complex was closed to protect its collection from smoke damage.
The Los Angeles Unified School District announced that at least 265 schools in the San Fernando Valley will be closed through the weekend.
The map, embedded below, also outlines those communities which should be preparing to flee should the fire jump the freeway.
Q: How do high winds affect the firefight?
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