The raging fire in California currently is said to be burning with intense speed and ferocity. A flurry of wildfires torched more than 65,000 acres in Southern California, as firefighters struggled to control the simultaneous infernos.
Powerful Santa Ana winds and extremely dry conditions fueled at least five wildfires Tuesday, December 5, marking what has been a devastating year for fires in California.
The latest fires forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, burned down more than a hundred buildings and triggered power outages in the region.
After a slowdown of Santa Ana’s fire Tuesday night, the winds are expected to pick back up Wednesday into Thursday, which could complicate firefighting efforts.
The largest of the blazes, called the Thomas Fire, spanned 50,500 acres (about 78 square miles) in Ventura County, which sits just north of Los Angeles. The fire was at 0% containment as of Tuesday night. In Ventura, a city of more than 100,000 on the Pacific coast, more than a quarter of its residents (38,000 people), had been told to evacuate. About 150 buildings, including homes and an evacuated Ventura hospital, have been destroyed.
In Los Angeles, another fire called the Creek Fire went from 4,000 acres to 11,000 in a matter of hours Tuesday.
“We expect to be out here all week fighting and containing this fire,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
The fires spewed so much smoke that they were captured in a NASA image from space.
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