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California wildfire burns 150 structures; winds increasing

06 Diciembre 2017, 02:42 | Bibiana Flor

[WATCH] California wildfire: mass evacuation in Ventura country

1 Dead, Thousands Evacuated from Calif. Wildfire

The Red Cross was having trouble getting the word out, with power outages tamping down on communication avenues. Firefighters are working very hard to minimize damage to property. The group was using three garden hoses at one time and lots of buckets to keep homes wet.

The latest wildfire follows a series of blazes in October that killed 44 people and destroyed nearly 9,000 homes and other structures as they tore through more than 200,000 acres in the wine country in and around Sonoma and Napa counties.

The County of Ventura, City of Santa Paula and City of Ventura have all proclaimed a local emergency.

A firefighter was taken to a hospital and was reported in stable condition, Macklin said. As evacuees rush to safety, fire teams continue to rush towards the flame.

The fire - named the Thomas fire - was burning just south of Thomas Aquinas College.

Howling Santa Ana winds pushed a wildfire from rural hills into parts ofthe Southern California city of Ventura overnight with explosive speed, destroying dozens of buildings and forcing thousands of people to evacuate. In San Bernardino County, a 100-acre and a 50-acre fire had sprung up. Officials warned of extreme fire danger in the region hours before the blaze erupted. It shows the average number of days with Santa Ana conditions. About 20,000 residents were without power in Ventura County Tuesday morning, down from 180,000 Monday night. All patients and staff were evacuated Monday night.

Alan Barnard watched flames come downhill toward his Lakeview Terrace home and told his wife to grab their 11-month-old grandson and leave.

After initial reports of a fatality, county fire captain Steve Kaufmann said a dead dog was found in an overturned car, but no person.

Orange flames glow threateningly close to a Ventura neighborhood in video recorded by Eric Rosenberg.

Officials said they had asked for eight air tankers and a dozen helicopters to help fight the blaze. "I texted a friend a mile or so away who gave me more info". It was first reported at 6:24 p.m. Pacific Time, Buschow told The Post, and has moved "unbelievably fast" since then. Some years see less strong winds than others.

Evacuation orders were expanded to include houses in Ventura, which is 19km southwest and has 106,000 residents.

A psychiatric hospital has burned in a raging wildfire in Southern California that has spread over 48 square miles and destroyed 150 structures in Ventura County, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

"The prospects for containment are not good".

Brandon Baker, center and Prescott McKenzie, right, take cover from the flying embers during a brush fire on December 5, 2017 in Ventura, California.

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