Crews Battle Massive Wildfires in California

Motorists on Highway 101 watch flames from the Thomas fire leap above the roadway north of Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. As many as five fires have closed highways, schools and museums, shut down production of TV series and cast a hazardous haze over the region. About 200,000 people were under evacuation orders. No deaths and only a few injuries were reported. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

December 7, 2017
OAN Newsroom

Massive wildfires are affecting several counties in Southern California.

Authorities say the Los Angeles area faces its highest wildfire risk Thursday with wind gusts up to 85 miles-per-hour.

The National Weather Service has issued red flag and high wind warnings through Friday and some through Sunday.

The fires have prompted the evacuation of more than 100,000 residents, and left at tens of thousands without power.

The Thomas Fire in Ventura County scorched 96,000 acres with just five percent containment by Thursday morning.  Sheriff’s deputies say a body was found in a canyon where the fire sparked, but they are unsure if the death was fire related.

Other fires are burning in Bel Air, Santa Clarita and Sylmar, as well as the San Diego County community of Bonsall.

More than 30 horses are killed by the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County.

The owners of Ranch Padilla in Sylmar returned to their charred home Wednesday after they were unable to evacuate their horses in time.

Horses are evacuated during the Creek fire, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 in La Canada Flintridge, Calif. Raked by ferocious Santa Ana winds, explosive wildfires northwest of Los Angeles and in the city’s foothills burned a psychiatric hospital and scores of other structures Tuesday and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. (David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News via AP)

Firefighters reportedly woke them up at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, and they were forced to evacuate immediately.

They were unable to open the burning barn that housed the animals, but six managed to make it out alive.

One of them– Chapparra –remains in critical condition at a local vet.

Local residents are raising funds to pay for the horse’s treatment as the deadly fires in and around L.A. continue to burn.

  • Bogeygolfer

    I’ll lay you odds, the politicians are more worried about taking care of the affected dreamers than the citizens of their own state who are losing everything.

  • Bogeygolfer

    I feel for all the people involved.

  • Andrew Moore8

    Isn’t it ironic that the libtards in CA who scream the loudest about global warming are putting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere with this fire than all the cars in the USA do in a year……..

  • JaySands1234

    Have the liberals blamed Trump for this disaster yet?

    • PatrickJ

      “Chelsea Handler Blames Donald Trump for California Wildfires”
      Google it.

    • Andrew Moore8

      In 3…..2……1….

  • aldoro

    Sure seems strange that they have so many fires. I think GOD is trying to tell them something. “Get your act together or I will destroy your whole state.”

  • PatrickJ

    Pretty much.

  • ar05076

    Another illegal alien wildfire, will California ever learn ….??!

    • PatrickJ

      We’ve also had fires started here in Arizona by illegals. They use it as a distraction so they can slip across the border more easily.

  • Ed L

    If the big cities like LA. San Fran. Houston. Chicago Seattle, Atlanta And the big cities in the northeast would be reduce in half by population. America would be nicer. Less population less carbon footprint according to the climate change believers

    • PatrickJ

      Well, isn’t that what Kim Jong Un wants to do?

  • Dell Wilber

    Appeal to Governor “Moonbeam”; he has all the answers….

    • PatrickJ

      What a nutcase he is, and yet the nutcases who live in California love him.

  • Dr. M

    Initial cause most likely arson — most likely by Antifa turds and/or illegals showing their “gratitude.”

  • Dakota

    Californians love America when they need bale out. After they get the money then it’s back to the rest of America is racist. I’m sure all these people have home owners insurance.

  • Aldo

    California is politically, socially, economically, physically, spiritually, financially, morally, ethically, logically DOOMED !!!! I blame the “leaders” – Good luck and God help them

    • PatrickJ

      I’m glad I was able to grow up in California when it was beautiful and still had a low enough population that people could enjoy living there. Right now it’s cesspool. Los Angeles especially.

  • Guest123

    Regardless of what the Libtards do in California, we are going to say Merry Christmas again

    • PatrickJ

      Yep, it’s a wonderful life. We finally have a real President again and I don’t live in California.

  • Tado

    No deaths.
    Fraudulent voters will vote again.

    • PatrickJ

      Is there any other kind in California?

  • henry

    You mean to tell me that the owners of these stables didnt know fires were coming and at the very least turned the animals loose to at least have a chance at survival? I find it reprehensible that horses died in their closed stalls. I realize horses are known to run back into burning buildings but still, closed stalls?

    • PatrickJ

      In the recent fires we had in Arizona up near Prescott, the first thing they did was get all the animals out. Common sense.

  • henry

    OAN, get it right. Its KALIFORNIA

  • Probably started by illegal immigrants. They’re always screwing up stuff.

  • airstart

    Does anyone see the hand of God in these disasters. You will notice that only the blue areas of Texas, and Florida were affected, while the state of California has been hardest hit in the geographical areas where there’s an infestation extreme liberalism. Of course if you don’t believe in God (like most of these liberals) it gets blamed on global warming.

    • PatrickJ

      It is easy to see a religious meaning in all the devastation by fires and hurricanes I guess, but I don’t think Liberals are going to make that connection.

  • Serge

    Someone had to start these fires. Was it illegal from Mexico again?

  • Serge

    Someone had to start these fires. Was it illegal from Mexico again?

    • PatrickJ

      We’ll probably never know.

  • Dakota

    Californians hate the rest of the US they think we are idiots. How long will it take for there governor to ask for federal dollars. It’s time we tell them to ask the Mexican government for relief money

    • Twinkle Toes

      Californians do have an attitude

    • Brad

      Their snowflake governor is already seeking funds to rebuild so they can continue the anti-American rants.

  • PatrickJ

    I used to live in Alta Loma and we watched a fire go trough the mountains a few blocks above our home. We had to evacuate, so we went to Palm Springs and stayed with my wife’s sister. Scary business.

    • Twinkle Toes

      I lived in La Quinta and really did not like it there it’s awful.

  • Tado

    Karma.
    It’s like a day of wreckoning for the Sanctuary State that refused to give justice to a murdered lady whose name was: Kate.
    The Forest Fires are a form of RETRIBUTION !

    • PatrickJ

      Thank You! Let us all remember Kate Steinle.

    • Aldo

      Payback is a b i t c h and revenge is a mother ***ker

      • Tado

        Profanity!

  • Gary C

    Can someone text me when Chelsea Handler’s house burns down?

  • 210’s

    Sheriff’s deputies say a body was found in a canyon where the fire sparked,

    Where the fire sparked? Is that the best they can do?

    • Tado

      Fake news!

  • DCBlueBlood

    I have a business trip planned to Pasadena next year. I wonder what it’s going to be like. I remember the fires in Florida and Georgia along I95. Not a pretty sight. Sad hope my fellow Americans stay safe!

    So many hits to Insurance Cos this year, Florida, Texas, Cali, Louisiana, Georgia – Natural Disasters seem to be picking up.

  • Jerry Tribble

    Won’t donate until I’m should Gov Moonbeam will not use the money for his speed train and illegals.

    • DCBlueBlood

      Reminds me of Blake Farenhold I wouldn’t hold it against California – we didn’t hold it against Texas in the last Houston floods.

      $ 85,000 Settlement. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by his former spokesman — the only known sitting member of Congress to have used a little-known congressional account to pay an accuser.

      Lauren Greene, the Texas Republican’s former communications director, sued her boss in December 2014 over allegations of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.

      • TexasDeplorable1134

        Or Franken, who thought it was very entertaining.

        • DCBlueBlood

          So Did Bob Packwood in 1995 — 10 Accusers He was the 1st Senator to resign for sexual misconduct. Oregon Republicon Senator.

          Paige Wagers had her skeevy encounter with the hardest-working tongue in Washington, D.C., in 1975, a few months after she finished college and went to work as a clerk for U.S. Sen. Bob Packwood.

          She knocked at his office door one day. Here’s what she said happened next:

          “Sen. Packwood was alone, and he immediately closed the door and did not say anything to me, but grabbed me and had me pinned backwards with my back to the wall. And before I could say anything — I was very shocked — he stuck his tongue in my mouth and was French kissing me, without ever asking me or saying anything … It took some force to get him to stop.”

          The 21-year-old was far from alone in being set upon by Packwood.

          • TexasDeplorable1134

            Sounds like a seedy romance novel, much like your comments on this forum.

  • Legion

    Several horses have burned to death today is San Diego .. owners tried to get them out but the horses would not come out of their corrals.
    Owner watched in horror as they were engulfed by the flames.

    • DCBlueBlood

      That stinks we have horse owner friends. Sad!

      • Dakota

        About as sad as the dapl protest in ND drive by shootings 12 horses 30 cattle 2 buffalo shot with 22 rifles left to suffer. That was supported by the Hollywood elites no one was crying any tears then. Sorry I had to get my 2 cents in still pisses me of I live in the area.

  • sanman99

    It would be a shame if Hollywood and Sacramento turned into ash!!

    • sanman99

      NOT!!!

    • Tado

      It would be a shame if Hollywood and Sacramento did not turn into ash.
      Paraphrased for clarity.

  • J. Waltam

    Gee, I hope Boy George Clooney, Hanoi Jane, Meryl the Creep Streep, Angry Al Baldwin, to name a few, aren’t charred to badly.

    • TexasDeplorable1134

      Oh heck no, they hopped on their private, “climate change” eco-friendly jets and were the first ones out of there.

  • SaidNO2Liberalism

    How come the people in charge of running California don’t seem to grasp this annual event and make appropriate and preemptive arrangements to save lives from danger?

    • Just A Guy

      That $30 billion they spent on illegal aliens would have really come in handy. After actual expenditures battling the fire I wonder just much of that federal (emergency) tax money they get every year is left over.

      • Dakota

        California should ask Mexican government for help ?

        • Just A Guy

          EXACTLY!!!

    • J. Waltam

      Because they are stupid?

    • sanman99

      To busy releasing criminals and importing more!!!

      • I. Forgot 2

        That’s no joke!!

    • TexasDeplorable1134

      I am sure they will try and pin this on climate change. Wait for it.

      • DCBlueBlood

        Just did — read above.

        When I was in Alaska in January of 2015 it was 62 Degrees. Enjoy. No increase in snows. Low snows upper mountains, all over the Western States. Go see a glacier – they’re melting … going going gone.

        • skeptical000

          And popping up elsewhere. Until the next cycle of massive snows. Wait for it….

        • TexasDeplorable1134

          And we just got snow here in SOUTH Texas. Must be because ALL that Human created CO2 that caused that, right?

    • DCBlueBlood

      Lack of snowfall in the High Mountains … Little runoff/melt. Dryer conditions.

      Welcome to our changing climate.

      • Jenny O

        Maybe. Then maybe cyclical. Or we could be heating up as in the era of dinosaurs.
        The focus on monitoring the caps melting began in the late 70s, right? That’s a minuscule timeframe within measured geological history. I am skeptical about significant human influence on global climate, but open to theoretical speculation on any change and potential impact to human habitation of Earth. Nonetheless, I believe humans are stewards of our planet and should treat it with respectful care.

        • Of couse there’s always been hot years and cold years, weather patterns are always cylindrical, just like the ice age!

          • Jenny O

            Climate certainly interests us as relates to survival and recreation.
            I resent it being used as a political tool to deceive gullible youth in order to gain power and wealth.

          • Les

            Cylindrical weather now there’s a first , another TheIdiotStephennorman classic

        • Diane Spain Butler

          Very nicely put.

      • skeptical000

        No, there’s cycles to weather. Stick around, you’ll see it eventually. Buy into their fiasco for now if you’d like.

      • joyfulgiver

        Um, Mammoth Mountain, in the Sierras of California, opened November 7th, 2017 after closing the 2016/2017 season in August (2017). They have already received more than 8 feet of snow at the top of the mountain. The snowfall in the same mountains 2016-2017 was in the hundreds of inches, history making. Plenty of melt and run off, unfortunately, it’s the politicians who are more concerned with little smelt than they are the safety of their own electorate.

    • Ed L

      The government of California spent the people’s money on illegal immigrants

    • spin43

      Too busy providing welfare for illegals.

      • Aldo

        They’re the “best” at doing that

  • Bruce Johnson

    well, okay moonbeam! i think you should forget about tree huugers and the likes. If the state & the counties & home owners cant keep property clean there is a major flaw in the system. calif. has had disasters since i was a child, always huge amount of wildfires. im 60 now, and you still have the same problems. can you not learn? if i were an insurance co. i would be outta calif., florida, & new orleans in a heartbeat. its called pick & choose your battles.

    • mark abby

      Insurance companies don’t care. They just charge more for those living in high risk areas then raise the rates of those who don’t. It’s a win/win situation for the insurance companies. They can’t lose no matter what!

      • Jenny O

        Do insurance companies ever really lose? You’re right. No, they do not.
        We must be insured out the wazoo–auto, home, medical, dental and more–and rates always go up, up, up. You make a minor claim—bam! Busted! Up, up, up it goes. Everyone pays. Hurricanes in Houston? You pay in Massachusetts. Fires in California? You pay in Nebraska.
        What an extortion scam.

  • brandehhh

    I watched a video of crews evacuating horses from another farm, the screams were so haunting

  • Mocha

    I think firefighters start the fires, we always have these fires and no one never knows how or why most of these get started. Its a joke.

    • Burrito Smith

      They get started because we fail to manage the land properly. There is a reason these fires burn so rapidly and so intensely; the amount of thick overgrowth that we see today occurs primarily as a result of over protection of the lands and a failure to properly manage the lands by clearing brush and performing control burns. All this- ironically, in the name of “conservation”.

      • Legion

        Good to see at least some people have their heads on straight .. so tired of idiots from other states that have never stepped foot into CA thinking they can spout their theories about the fires, when they have not a clue.

        • Janice Raxter

          There are forest areas all over this country and most are managed properly by the National Forest Service – and the people who live there understand that it needs to have the controlled burns the help prevent these types of fires. However, we have people that have moved into my area that built up on the mountains practically on the National Forest borders and complain about the controlled burns ( believe they moved from CA) and have no idea what they are talking about. But when their house is threatened and their driveways are so steep & narrow & with switchback curves that the
          Fire Dept Tanker trucks can’t get to them they complaint again. We have been fighting for mandatory restrictions on building in those areas and yes these are what the tree huggers are complaining about all over the country. Wish they would just stay in their snowflake haunts and leave us alone.

          • Legion

            So because you assume these folks you are referring to are from CA you have also taken it upon yourself to assume that those people represent all the people in CA?

            Hopefully you see the flaw in such logic .. or to be more accurate lack thereof.

    • KMA

      Really.. firefighters? What is this “back draft “? You can’t really believe firefighters would put the public in harm’s way intentionally.
      Do you?
      Lack of Land management and immigration/vagrant control are usually the reason.

    • Lori2017

      Don’t EVER say that. That is sick and this isn’t a movie.

    • brandehhh

      No, irresponsible people using flammable items start fires. Like the PNW fires a few months ago… started by kids with firecrackers

    • Just A Guy

      I nominate you for the stupidest post of the day award. Congrats.

    • J. Waltam

      Not quite correct – Trump and the Russians are the guys setting fires. Get investigator Mueller to CA immediately. Where there’s smoke, there’s a Russian.

  • Bill Jr

    Where Was PETA, Those Heartless Ba$tards. Probably Saving Their (Own) A$$es.

    • Twinkle Toes

      Your comment is what’s heartless. It’s rather apparent you did not read the article. Go back, read it and apologize. That also goes for all of you who upped him.

      • Diane Spain Butler

        They could have cleared the brush that has to remain because of a lizard and some other rodent, that are on the endangered list. The NorCal fires could have been avoided by upgrading the electric system and burying the wires where the problems started, as promised 20 years ago. California infrastructure has taken a huge hit due to lack of funding, because so much of the funding goes to welfare.

    • Roasted wild game supper for everyone.

  • Burrito Smith

    Hey OAN? What’s the deal with the human interest story about horses? Don’t be afraid to cover the story seriously and use sources like the SOC and CALOES. “One horse remains in critical condition”……I expect better out of you OAN! This ain’t the local news!

    • Lori2017

      I know, I can’t find any info on the horses. So many questions….

    • Numerical Logic

      There’s nothing wrong with them talking about horses. There just giving more detail on what/who these massive fires are affecting.

  • Roscoe

    Kalifornia has really been being bashed. Drought, fires, mud slides, storms! I wonder if they are ready to repent yet?

    • Bill Jr

      If You Don’t Believe In God How Can You Repent? ‘Bless Me Father For I’m a Liberal. That Should Cover It All Father!’

    • Mocha

      First of all Roscoe not every one in California is Bad evil person, some of go to church voted for Trump and would like to see America a better place. So Don’t lump us all together. Now Mr. Roscoe if you think we are bad you should pray of us instead of throwing rocks at us. Have a nice day and a Merry Christmas.

      • Mark Susswein

        and yes, we do pray…..for repentance of not you, but the unbeliever.

      • Dakota

        Mocha nice to see keep up the fight I’m with you

      • Just A Guy

        Ironic…coming from the guy who blamed firefighters for the fires.

      • Ed L

        Most of those that voted for Trump lived on the fringes of the major cities or out in the countryside

      • Roscoe

        LOL! It was a tongue in cheek post as I am aware of the truth of what you said. I try not to take pleasure in peoples suffering unless they are radical Islamist’s or the majority of the electorate in Kalifornia! Jerry Brown as governor? A beautiful prosperous state reduced to bankruptcy and ruin? The same morons and idiots reelected over and over? You have to admit it looks like Divine punishment of Biblical proportions.
        Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and I pray that you don’t get burned out. Seriously.

    • Mark Susswein

      The Creator is in control of His creation. There is still time to repent…today is the day of salvation.

      • Roscoe

        The blind cannot see and the deaf cannot hear and Kalifornia is full of them.

    • Dakota

      I think god is pissed. After Californians claim we are made from salt water.