In California, thousands evacuated, «the Fire is still not under control,»

In California, thousands evacuated, «the Fire is still not under control,»

Local fire started on Monday evening, around 18:30, in Steckel Park North of the city of Santa Paula, California. After a few hours he consumed thousands of acres.

Even before the fire, the local authorities warned about the great danger of ignition in the area due to the winds of Santa Ana, which speed reached 60 mph (nearly 100 km).

Route #150 CLOSED between #SantaPaula & Upper #Ojai due to brush fire in #Ventura County # fire #Traffic #Alert

— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) December 5, 2017

Due to strong winds and rescue service was not able to use «aircraft» tank-and helicopters to fight forest fires. Still more than 500 firefighters continue to fight the fire.

«The fire is still not under control, and design of buildings and structures are threatened throughout the fire zone, – said the press service of the Sheriff’s office in Ventura County. – Due to the intense fire brigades is difficult to approach».

After the fire the representatives of the Sheriff’s office traveled to the surrounding cities of Ventura and Santa Paula, warning residents about emergency evacuation. A total of about 7 786 houses and thousands of residents were evacuated.

Mark Lorensen, fire chief Ventura County, reported one dead man in a car who tried to escape from the fire.

The fire reached the power lines, which led to massive blackouts in the districts of Santa Barbara and Ventura – over 260 000 people were left without electricity.

Now Thomas Fire (the so-called fire) covers 26 thousand acres (approximately 105 square kilometers).

Incident command has just updated the fire perimeter map on the #ThomasFire #VCFD @VCFD

— VCFD PIO (@VCFD_PIO) December 5, 2017