Southern California Wildfires Burn Out of Control

James Marshall
December 7, 2017

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California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency yesterday, freeing state funds and resources to assist. "Really, Mother Nature is going to decide".

The Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Firefighters hose down flareups at the two-story Hawaiian Village Apartment complex that burned to the ground during the Thomas wildfire in Ventura, California.

"We have nothing in Ventura and it's not getting better", Kirwin said. "There will be no ability to fight fire in these kinds of winds".

Campus freshman Makani Kirwin said her family in Ojai has opened their home to many evacuated friends. Hundreds of thousands of people lost power.

Air tankers that had been grounded much of the week because of high winds flew on Wednesday, dropping flame retardant.

"This fire is very risky and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so".

Smoke covers Ventura Harbor in Ventura. "It's a very hard time but this is our calling".

"We're basically in an urban firefight in Ventura, where if you can keep that house from burning, you might be able to slow the fire down", said Tim Chavez, a fire behavior specialist at the blaze. "It was raining fire".

A firefighter works in the aftermath of a fire in a residential neighborhood of Ventura.

Wild winds could easily send make new fires explode too, as one did Wednesday in Los Angeles' exclusive Bel-Air section, where a fire consumed multimillion-dollar houses that give the rich and famous sweeping views of Los Angeles.

Southern California has been hit hard by four major fires that have put tens of thousands of people under evacuation orders and destroyed nearly 200 homes and buildings, a figure that is almost certain to grow.

Tuesday, Southern California Edison tried to downplay the possibility its equipment may have sparked the fires.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, has not named any potential causes for the fires, which erupted Monday evening. The brush fire has charred 475 acres and is 5 percent contained.

Each of the fires was pushed by dry Santa Ana winds, with gusts up to 60 miles per hour.

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Fred Mariscal said Red Cross officials expect about 400 people at the shelter Tuesday night. "We're dealing with extreme wind conditions and weather that is extremely dry and (difficult) topography. This is not flat land, and some areas are inaccessible to get equipment to".

The Santa Ana winds, which typically occur in the fall, could last as long as 10 days, forecasters said. "This just shows us that there is no fire season anymore. It's December. We have fires all year round now". The area has received 0.13 of an inch of rain since July 1, said the National Weather Service.

The entrance to the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California.

"Based on the apparent location of the origin of both the Thomas fire in the Ventura and Santa Barbara area and the Creek Fire in Sylmar, and the performance of SCE's system, SCE has no indication that the company's facilities were a source of these fires", it said in a press release.

One of the wildfires may have finally met its match, though.

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