THOMAS FIRE Ventura Creek Sylmar Rye Santa Paula Ojai California - WILDFIRES 12/5/2017 - Video during: 00:07:18
RAW VIDEO -- WILDFIRES In Santa Paula Ventura County And Ojai California Thomas Creek Sylmar Rye Fire - 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!!!
Thousands of people were forced to flee their homes on Monday as firefighters battled a fast-moving wildfire in Southern California that has charred at least 45,500 acres of land, authorities said.
Intensified by strong winds and harsh weather conditions, the fire was affecting structures in downtown Ventura early Tuesday, with multiple homes on fire near City Hall. Emergency officials originally said a person died in the fire but later clarified that a dog was killed.
L.A. County Deputy Fire Chief David Richardson described the unpredictable conditions that firefighters are facing as they attempt to contain the blaze.
"You can only imagine the impact this weather is having on the fire front," he said. "We're chasing the fire and trying to get ahead of it. And we're chasing multiple fronts."
Authorities have gone door-to-door to impose mandatory evacuations.
So far, about 2,500 homes were under mandatory evacuation in Ventura County as the flames moved southwest toward the coast. Officials said several thousand homes in nearby areas were evacuated because of the fire, although they cautioned that was a rough estimate.
"We urge you, you must abide by these evacuation notices," Ventura County Sheriff Jeff Dean said at a press conference late Monday. "We saw the disasters and the losses that happened up north in Sonoma, and this is a fast, very dangerous moving fire."
Officials said the blaze started as a 50-acre brushfire in foothills east of Santa Paula around 6:30 p.m. Monday.
It grew to 10,000 acres in just four hours, authorities said.
Santa Paula's Thomas Aquinas College, which has about 350 students, was evacuated Monday evening.
The fire, referred to as the Thomas fire by authorities, knocked out power for more than 190,000 customers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, Southern California Edison said.
Firefighters in Ventura said they were dealing with winds of 25 to 50 mph, which they said made it impossible to fight the fire via aircraft.
"The prospects for containment really are not good. Mother Nature is going to decide when we have the ability to put it out, because it is pushing hard with the wind," Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said Monday evening.
"As far as getting ahead of the fire, that's exactly what we're doing right now, but it's in defense of structure and property right now, not actually trying to put the fire out," he added.
THOMAS FIRE Ventura Creek Sylmar Rye Santa Paula Ojai California - WILDFIRES 12/5/2017