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California Wildfires Spread, Spurred On By Strong Winds

California wildfire: Thousands evacuated in Ventura County Rapidly spreading California wildfire forces thousands from homes
Eleena Tovar | 06 Diciembre, 2017, 15:53

David Rensin was another of the lucky ones.

"The fire growth is just absolutely exponential", said Ventura county Fire Chief Mark Lorenzon.

Strong winds are expected to drive smoke into the western portion of Los Angeles County through Wednesday, the SCAQMD said. The Rye fire erupted in Santa Clarita shortly before 10 a.m.

Firefighters will be mostly concerned with structure protection in Ventura, Santa Paula and upper Ojai as winds pick up Tuesday afternoon, Lorenzen said.

Evacuation shelters are open at the Ventura County Fairgrounds at Miners Building.

The first fire, named the Thomas Fire, started Monday evening north of Santa Paula, California, growing rapidly overnight and reaching the city of Ventura.

A home burns during the 'Thomas Fire'. Some residents spent the twilight hours dousing their roofs with water, hoping that would combat flying embers. Mandatory evacuations were ordered in nearby areas. And Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Southern California's so-called Santa Ana winds have long contributed to some of the region's most disastrous wildfires.

Judy Terry, 69, was getting ready for bed Monday night when she got an alert as well as a phone call from her landlord telling her to leave.

The rains of late 2016 and early 2017 did little to quench the parched California landscape, Patzert and others said. Dozens of houses in one neighborhood burned to the ground.

Police Sgt. Eric Buschow confirmed there have been no fatalities so far and just one injury.

California has suffered through some of its most catastrophic fires ever this year.

If anything, the rains produced some new grass that led to more damage, Spelman added.

He said his grandmother is devastated the house is gone. "The Coast Highway gave firefighters a wide break to protect homes on the ocean side of the freeway from the flames", member station KCLU's Lance Orozco reports. Listen and spare a thought for the fact that America's incarceration rate is the highest in the world - more than 2 million Americans will be spending Christmas in prison. I can see the flames and thick, billowing, black smoke that's starting to fill up the valley.

In San Bernardino County, two smaller fires sprang up.

The winds were part of the season's "strongest and longest" Santa Ana event. A high amount of surface fuels combined with intense Santa Ana Winds has led to the largest fires in state history.

How many people have been displaced?

Spelman said firefighters used to see years when there were few wildfires.

Thomas Aquinas college, which has about 350 students, has also been evacuated, with students going to their own homes or to those of faculty and staff, the college said in a statement.