At least 3 people dead and 20,000 people evacuated due to wildfires scorching Northern California, state officials say. California State Forestry and Fire Protection chief Kim Pimlott estimated that 1,500 homes, businesses and other structures were destroyed - making Monday one of the most destructive wildfire days in state history. Ref. USAToday.
People don't understand the danger of these fires. They move amazingly fast, sometimes they are moving down the road at 50+ MPH as the wind whips them up and pushes them forward. If the fire causes a wind storm it can move even faster and the heat near it is incredibly intense. It is hot enough to actually cause things to spontaneously combust. The bottom line is, if you are ever near one of these events get the heck outta Dodge ASAP.
San Diego faces 'extreme' wildfire danger starting late Wednesday. The Santa Ana winds that have stoked hellacious wildfires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties will spread into San Diego County late Wednesday night, creating an ‘’extreme’’ wildfire danger that will last through late Thursday. Source 4a.
The sad thing about what is going on in California is the high winds contributing to the fire going out of control. I hope they are able to get it under control before it takes most of what is wonderful there.
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California fires: evacuations in San Diego County remain in place for an estimated 10,000 people.
Evacuations remained in place for an estimated 10,000 North County residents early Friday but fire conditions improved on the lines of the Lilac fire that started in Bonsall and destroyed at least 85 homes. Source 7y.
Thousands of additional residents are being evacuated from areas near the Thomas Fire, now the third-largest wildfire in modern California history.
Fueled by high winds, the fire north of Ventura has burned 259,000 acres, Cal Fire said Saturday morning. That's up from 256,000 acres on Friday.
The blaze broke out 12 days ago and has killed a firefighter and a woman trying to flee.
The next 24 hours will be crucial as wind gusts of up to 55 mph and low humidity are forecast through Sunday. Strong winds and dry conditions are expected to fuel the blaze and could spark new fires, CNN meteorologist Ivan Cabrera said. Ref. CNN.
Jeannette Frescas was not concerned about the Thomas Fire until the massive blaze inched toward her neighborhood.
"At midnight, I woke up with flashlight in my face," Frescas told CNN affiliate KEYT. "I looked out my window and there were flames that were about a 100 feet all around us.
"Once a paradise, was like (A) war zone," she said.
Like many residents, Frescas was caught off guard by the fire that has roared through Southern California for 13 days. She's one of tens of thousands of residents who piled into cars and fled as ferocious winds drove the third-largest blaze in the state toward Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Ref. CNN.
Southern California fire, which has reached 273,400 acres, becomes the state’s largest wildfire in history. The Thomas fire earned its place in California history on Friday when it reached 273,400 acres, according to the National Weather Service. The Ventura County fire has destroyed more than 1,000 buildings and outpaced the 2003 Cedar fire in San Diego County that burned 273,246 acres. Ref. USAToday.