Ventura County Fire: Thousands Fled Their Homes as Blaze Spreads Rapidly

Ventura County Fire
Credits: Ryan Cullom/Ventura County Fire Department via AP

California is again dealing with a massive and rapidly-spreading fire—this time, the Ventura County fire. Authorities estimated that at least 60,000 acres were already burnt with zero containment.

Thousands of people in the county fled their homes as firefighters are facing extreme difficulty containing the fire. Weather forecasters warned people in Southern California of “extreme fire danger.” The howling Santa Ana winds and low humidity are causing the fire to move fast.

On Tuesday, the Ventura County Fire Department tweeted, “Fires are breaking out across the so. Cal. Region…Be fire safe. Firefighters are working very hard to minimize damage to property. Evacuations are taking place in many places in Southern California.”

According to the update released by Ventura County as of 3:15 PM, the Thomas Fire already burnt 45,500 acres with zero containment. The blaze spread into the city limits of Ventura toward Highway 33. The Thomas Fire started north of Santa Paula near Highway 50.

At daybreak, firefighters are expected to use wing aircraft and helicopters to contain the fire, which continues to threaten properties. Approximately 150 structures including homes and the evacuated Ventura hospital have been destroyed.