LA and Ventura County "bad going worse." @JeffBliss1 Stephen Yates, Yatesforidaho.com

Dec 07, 04:52 AM
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12-06-2017

(Photo:The remains of a mobile home park in Sylmar, California. 480 of the park's 600 mobile homes were burned in the Sayre Fire in November 2008. The homes in the background that did not sustain fire damage become uninhabitable due to the lack of utilities. )

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LA and Ventura County "bad going worse." @JeffBliss1 Stephen Yates, Yatesforidaho.com

Crews battling a massive wildfire that has caused tens of thousands of Ventura County residents to flee are bracing themselves for a day of heavy winds Thursday, when forecasters predict fire-stoking gusts of up to 80 mph.

By Wednesday evening, the Thomas fire had scorched about 90,000 acres and carved a path of destruction that stretches more than 10 miles from Santa Paula to the Pacific Ocean. The blaze was 5% contained, mostly along the southeast flank in the Santa Paula area. Forecasters say strong Santa Ana winds, coupled with low humidity, could offer “a recipe for explosive fire growth.”

“We stand a good chance of a challenging night and day tomorrow,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Tim Chavez said, adding that there’s potential for fire growth on the northwest side and a high probability of spot fires. “It’s going to be a difficult night and day.”

The focus Wednesday, officials said, was keeping the fire out of the Ojai Valley while assessing the devastation in the cities of Ventura and Santa Paula.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ventura-fire-20171206-story.html

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