Ferocious winds in Southern California whipped up an explosive wildfire, which forced more than 1,000 homes to evacuate.
The #ThomasFire near #SantaPaula and #Ojai has now torched 10k acres. Firefighters expect it to impact East Ventura by 1am. This is video of flames on both sides of Highway 150…. @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/YRly7scAbr
— Zohreen (@Zohreen) December 5, 2017
Fire officials say the blaze broke out Monday east of Santa Paula, which is about 60 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The flames reached nearly 8 square miles just hours later.
Officials say one person has died in an auto accident related to the fire, but did not give any details.
There is zero percent containment of the fire, officials said at a Monday night press conference. A total of 500 firefighters are battling the fire. Power outages have been reported in Santa Paula, Camarillo, Ventura and Santa Barbara. (Read more from “Thomas Fire in Southern California Forces Over 1,000 Homes to Evacuate” HERE)