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CA wildfire blows up overnight.

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  1. vart

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    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42235052

    Thousands of residents have been forced to flee their homes in the middle of the night as a fast-moving wildfire rips through southern California.

    Nearly 8,000 homes were under mandatory evacuation in the cities of Ventura and Santa Paula, north of Los Angeles.

    Firefighters warned that the fire was moving so fast they were unable to contain it.

    The blaze started on Monday evening and by early Tuesday had burned 26,000 acres (10,500 hectares).

    One person died in a traffic accident while trying to flee the fire, officials said.

    More than 260,000 customers were said to be without power.

    Fairground open for evacuees
    Multiple structures, including a large apartment complex, were ablaze as the fire swept into Ventura city, the LA Times reports.

    Emergency workers were going house to house urging people to leave their homes, while hundreds of firefighters worked to protect homes and buildings.

    But Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said: "The prospects for containment are not good. Really mother nature is going to decide."

    Evacuation centres have been opened in schools and fairgrounds.

    The fire is believed to have broken out close to Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, some 50 miles (80km) north of Los Angeles, early on Monday evening.

    It was quickly fanned by gusts of up to 70mph (115 kph).

    The college said that all its 350 students and staff had been evacuated.

    California has been hit hard by wildfires in recent months.

    At least 40 people were killed when fires ripped through parts of northern California's wine region in October. Some 10,000 structures were destroyed.
     
  2. vart

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    http://www.readyventuracounty.org/

    INCIDENT SUMMARY
    THOMAS FIRE

    12/5/17 @ 02:38 AM

    There is a fast moving, active brush fire that started north of Santa Paula near Highway 150 and is now burning west toward the city of Ventura and Highway 33. The fire is currently estimated at 25,000 acres and is being pushed by strong east winds. Approximately 500 firefighters are on scene or en route. Fixed wing aircraft and helicpoters are expected to attack the fire at daybreak. The fire is still out of control and structures are threatened throughout the fire area. Due to the intesnity of the fire, crews are having trouble making access, but there are multiple reports of structures on fire. Fire crews from many different agencies are actively working on the incident.

    MANDATORY EVACUATION
    Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the following areas:

    · Residents east of Dickenson Road, north of Monte Vista Drive along Highway 150 and South of Thomas Aquinas College to the area of Bridge Road.

    · Residents west of Dickenson Road to Atmore Road, north of Foothill Road and west to Wheeler Canyon Road

    · Residents north of Highway 150 from Koenigstein Road west to the Dennison Grade, north to Reeves Road, east to McAndrew Road and north to Grand Avenue.

    · Residents north of Foothill Road west to Wheeler Canyon Road, north to Canada Larga Road and east to Barlow Canyon Road

    · Residents in Ventura, CA south of Highway 33, east of Main St, north of Foothill Road and Hall Canyon Road and west of Canada Larga Road

    Total Homes under Mandatory Evacuation - 7,786

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    EVACUATION SHELTERS
    Ventura County Fairgrounds at Miners Building (Includes an Animal Shelter for all types of animals.) – 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001

    Nordhoff High School -1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023





    SCHOOL CLOSURES
    Ventura Unified School District - All schools will be closed 12/5/17.

    Hueneme Elementary School District - All schools will be closed 12/5/17.





    ROAD CLOSURES
    Soft Road Closures (Residents will need to provide proper identification to access their homes.):

    Wheeler Canyon Road at Foothill Road

    Highway 150 at Reeves Road

    Highway 150 at Santa Barbara St

    Hard Road Closures (Only public safety personnel will have access.):

    Highway 150 at Sisar Road

    Highway 150 at Stonegate Road

    Wells Road at Foothill Road

    Peck Road at Foothill Road
     

  3. vart

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    Looks pretty bad, prayers for all involved.
     
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    Hell on Earth.

    I wish them luck.
     
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    Prayers to all affected. Tragic
     
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    There's now fires off if the 210 and the 5. I'm basically surrounded.
     
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    Stay safe
     
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    Start watering things. I have a relative in No. Ca. that did that during the last fires. Her house and the neighbors were the only 2 left standing in the entire area. They were shown on the news.
     
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    Not a great picture. Very turbulent skies last night. This was from about 22000 feet at around 10:30 last night.
     
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    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    It's the same thing every year at the same time frame.
     
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    My son lives in Santa Paula.Ground Zero. Fortunately he is visiting here in CT. One of is housemates grabbed his guns and another moved his Harley. He graduated from Thomas Aquinas College 2 years ago and we know many families who have kids there. I keep watching the live coverage and checking the college's website for updates.

    It is really bad out there.

    http://abc7.com/live/

    https://thomasaquinas.edu/
     
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    If I decide to leave or if the fire jumps the freeway I will do that before I go. Hopefully I can get out. The other thing you need to do is turn on your ac ashigh as possible. This was a bad day for this to happen. My husband and all of our friends are at a car show downtown. I was sick and stayed home. One of our cars is inthe shop and my husband took my car so I have the truck with the faulty gas tank and transmission. Whoops.
     
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    Well hopefully the truck's gas tank problem isn't a LEAK.
     
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    If you have a swimming pool, then stage the scuba gear nearby...
     
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    Thinking about you, GG... Please stay safe.
     
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    A cousin of a friend just lost her house in this.
     
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    I hope you fair well. All the best to you.
     
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    Best wishes, GG. And anyone else who's in the path of that monster.
     
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    Good luck GG.
     
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