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    Wild winds fan 45,500-acre-fire in Southern California forcing 27,000 into evacuation


    A firefighter battles flames in poor visibility in Lake View Terrace.

    A fast-moving, wind-fueled wildfire swept into the city of Ventura early Tuesday, burning 45,500 acres, destroying homes and forcing 27,000 people to evacuate.
    Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Ventura County on Tuesday morning.

    “This fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got,” Brown said. “It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so.”

    The state is sending resources to help with firefighting efforts. Ventura County officials have asked the state for eight fixed-wing firefighting aircraft to help douse the flames, said Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Donoghue.

    At least 150 structures — including at least one large apartment complex and the Vista Del Mar Hospital, a psychiatric facility — were consumed by flames, and many more were threatened.

    The blaze started about 6:25 p.m. Monday in the foothills near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, a popular hiking destination. It grew wildly to more than 15 square miles in the hours that followed — consuming vegetation that hasn't burned in decades, Ventura County Fire Sgt. Eric Buschow said.

    There was no containment on the fire as of 10 a.m., with 1,000 firefighters battling the blaze and more on the way, said Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Tim Lochman. One helicopter was dropping water and authorities were hoping winds would die down so they could deploy fixed-wing aircraft soon, he said.

    Around 7 a.m., the wind appeared to be pushing the fire east toward Camarillo and north toward Ojai, Lochman said.
    The fire started near Highway 150 on Monday evening and spread into Santa Paula. From there, the fire followed Foothill Road from Santa Paula to Ventura, taking out homes and winding along canyons in the process.

    On Tuesday, firefighters will continue trying to save homes in Ventura, where the fire was active. They face a red-flag wind advisory that notes ridgeline winds of 35 to 45 mph, with gusts up to 70 mph. Winds are expected to decrease somewhat in the afternoon, said Chad Cook, Ventura County Fire Department division chief.

    Some animals were rescued but many were cooked alive.




    Aerial view of homes burned to the ground in the Thomas fire in Ventura County.
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    Photo Padilla Ranch on Little Tujunga where 29 horses perished in Creek Fire yesterday

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    Here’s the latest:

    • Evacuation orders covering thousands of people were in effect for parts of Ventura and Los Angeles.

    • The Ventura fire has destroyed at least 150 structures. The fire forced the closing of parts of the 101 Freeway, along with many smaller roads.

    • Dozens of schools have been closed. In the Los Angeles Unified district, more than 50 buildings were shuttered on Wednesday. In the Santa Monica-Malibu district, all classes were canceled. And in Ventura County, at least 18 districts were closed on Wednesday.

    • The University of California at Los Angeles campus was safe, officials said, but all afternoon classes were canceled. The school also cancelled the men’s basketball game against Montana on Wednesday because of the fire. The campus health center was distributing masks to students to help protect them from the smoke wafting over the campus, the Daily Bruin student newspaper reported.

    • Chief Ralph M. Terrazas of the Los Angeles Fire Department on Wednesday said “right now we’re experiencing favorable wind conditions,” but cautioned that could change. The winds are expected to strengthen through Wednesday and Thursday, with gusts of 60 miles per hour.
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    New evacuations today as strong winds return and push the already destructive Ventura County fire closer to several communities.

    View of the current fires from the ISS.


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    Photo View from Santa Barbara a few minutes ago

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    sad Houses burnt to the ground in Ventura

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