December 6, 2017
California Governor Jerry Brown declares a state of emergency for Ventura County as a massive wildfire continues to burn out of control on the state’s central coast.
The so-called “Thomas Fire” has burned more than 55,000 acres, and is still zero percent contained.
More than 150 structures have been destroyed or damaged, and 27,000 people have been evacuated.
While officials could not confirm any fire-related deaths, they did say one firefighter was sent to the hospital Monday, but has since been released.
A red-flag warning will be in effect until Thursday as extremely dry conditions coupled with winds over 50 miles-per-hour are making it challenging for more than 1,100 firefighters at the scene.
“We have extremely high winds, very, very low relatively humidity; and our fuel conditions out there are absolutely about as bad as they could be for spire spreads, so, we’re very concerned about the wind popping up again today and pushing the fire a little bit further towards the west,” announced Chief Mark Lorenzen of the Ventura County Fire Department.
There is no word yet on what sparked this fire.
Meanwhile, fire crews are also battling a wildfire in Los Angeles County that is forcing the evacuations of roughly 150,000 people.
This fire has been pinned as the so-called “Creek Fire,” and began on Tuesday north of the city of Sylmar.
The “Creek Fire” has burned more than 11,000 acres so far, and is also zero percent contained.
Officials have confirmed that four firefighters were injured in the blaze, and remain in stable condition.
At least 30 structures have been destroyed or damaged as dry Santa Ana winds continue to push the blaze through the foothills.
The fire prompted the closure of part of Interstate 210.