THOMAS FIRE In Ventura County Santa Paula Ojai California - WILDFIRE Creek Brush Fire 12/5/2017!!! - Video during: 00:03:05
RAW VIDEO -- WILDFIRES In Santa Paula Ventura County And Ojai California Thomas Fire Creek - BrushFire Burn Santa Barbara Burning embers and high winds helping to fuel a Southern California wildfire that exploded to more than 10,000 acres just hours after it broke out Monday night, forcing the evacuation of more than 400 homes, Ventura County fire officials say. Tens of thousands of customers lost power, according to utility officials. #brushfire #homasfire #wildfire #venturacounty #california 1 dead and hundreds evacuate in fast-moving Southern California fire #ThomasFire A blaze broke out east of Santa Paula, which is around 60 miles away from downtown Los Angeles. The flames reached nearly eight square miles just hours later. The fire, known as the Thomas Fire, is expected to impact on Ventura, a city of 100,000 people 12 miles away, soon. County have prompted authorities to order evacuations. #fire #santarosa #tooearly #fireinthesky #morning #needcoffee #wildfire #sonomacounty 1 dead as Wine Country fires burn at least 1,500 homes and businesses, force evacuations, close hospitals smoke can be smelled as far away as near-by regions are sending fire fighters to help tackle the blazes The Anaheim Fire Department ordered evacuations for more than 1,000 homes in the Anaheim area, as what they're calling the #CanyonFire2 continues to spread. The blaze comes less as 24 hours after a similar fire broke out in Northern California. Click follow for live updates injected right into your home timeline 12/5/2017!!!
Pushed by powerful Santa Ana winds, a Southern California fire spread with explosive speed to 10,000 acres on Monday night, forcing hundreds to evacuate in the dark.
One person died in a rollover car crash while trying to evacuate from the fire, said Mark Lorenzen, Ventura County Fire chief in a press briefing Monday night.
More than 1,000 homes are under mandatory evacuation as fire officials warned that the powerful winds could turn the flames toward the city of Santa Paula and Ventura. Officials warned that they expected the fire to impact East Ventura early Tuesday.
At least two structures have been lost in the fire, Lorenzen said.
Ventura County Sheriff deputies were knocking on doors, telling residents to evacuate in the affected areas.
The fire also burned down power lines, causing widespread outages in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, Susan Cox, spokeswoman for Southern California Edison said. More than 260,000 people in the two counties were without power.
The brush fire, called the Thomas Fire, was reported at Steckel Park, which is just north of Santa Paula, according to initial reports to the Ventura County Fire Department. It ignited as officials had earlier warned of extreme fire danger in the area due to the Santa Ana winds, blowing as fast as 40 to 60 mph.
Within a few hours, the fire jumped to thousands of acres as it engulfed dry chaparral and climbed through steep terrain.
The massive fires glowed orange on hills, as affected residents in Santa Paula hurled a few of their belongings into their cars as they prepared to evacuate, as seen in CNN affiliate videos.
Officials shut Route 150, between Ojai and Santa Paula, due to the fires. All students at the Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula were also evacuated Monday night, the school tweeted.
Two evacuation centers were opened for residents who had to leave their homes.
THOMAS FIRE In Ventura County Santa Paula Ojai California - WILDFIRE Creek Brush Fire 12/5/2017!!!