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Tens Of Thousands Evacuated As Wildfire Grows In Southern California

06 December 2017, 01:13 | Terri Saunders

Brush fire explodes near Santa Paula CA

Brush fire explodes near Santa Paula CA

The red flag fire warning prompted by gusty Santa Ana winds and low humidity levels remained in effect Tuesday for much of San Diego County as a wildfire driven by similar conditions tore through Ventura County north of Los Angeles.

"The prospects for containment are not good", Lorenzen said in a news conference early Tuesday morning, adding that there is no possibility of using aircraft at night to help contain the fire.

Still, the fire authority was able to send a five-engine strike team with 22 firefighters and several helicopters to Ventura's Thomas Fire, which started Monday evening near Santa Paula and grew rapidly overnight.

According to officials, the cities of Ventura and Santa Paula are also threatened. "All that firefighters can do when we have winds like this is get out ahead, evacuate people, and protect structures". By midnight, the fire was estimated to have reached 10,000 acres. More than 800 homes were evacuated there.

One person was killed in a auto crash while trying to evacuate from the fires, Ventura County Fire chief Mark Lorenzen said in a news conference, according to CNN.

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Two buildings have been destroyed and thousands of homes are without power, according to reports.

A fast-moving wildfire in Southern California has burned more than 70 square miles north of Los Angeles.

"I'm not going to wait around for someone to come rescue me so I'm outta here", said June Byrum.

The blaze broke out on Monday and quickly burned 4,000 hectares in hours, Ventura County Fire Sergeant Eric Buschow said.

"We've been here nearly 30 years we've gone through floods, gone through fires, it's just the wind, you don't know where it's going to go", added Chula Casas.



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