Hurricane-Force Winds Fan SoCal Wildfires As 200,000 Residents Flee Their Homes

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At least four devastating wildfires continued to ravage Southern California from Ventura County south to Los Angeles, as the stifling smoke and flames drove tens of thousands of people living in the Los Angeles area from their homes in an eerie replay of the fires that decimated Northern California’s wine country two months ago.

Officials in Southern California have warned that powerful winds (as high as 80 mph in some spots, the same speed as a low-level hurricane) would continue to fan the flames after returning overnight. So far, more than 200,000 people have evacuated their homes and many more are expected to flee. The Los Angeles Fire Department has ordered the evacuation of the 20.5 square miles including and surrounding the Creek Fire, which jumped the 210 Freeway and is threatening Santa Ana's Sylmar and Lake View Terrace neighborhoods. The Rye Fire in Santa Clarita prompted the shutdown of Highway 5, according to Mashable.

“We are in the beginning of a protracted wind event,” said state fire chief Ken Pimlott.

“There will be no ability to fight fire in these kinds of winds,” Pimlott said. “At the end of the day, we need everyone in the public to listen and pay attention. This is not ‘watch the news and go about your day.’ This is pay attention minute-by-minute … keep your head on a swivel.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, communities both on the coast and inland were under threat. At 4 a.m., officials closed the 101 Freeway between Routes 126 and 150. According to the California Highway Patrol, that left no open routes between Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Fires were also burning on the north and east side of Highway 150 and on the west side of Highway 33.

As flames raged toward neighborhoods in Ojai, Carpinteria and Fillmore, officials issued new evacuation orders in Ojai Valley, notifying residents with an emergency cellphone alert. Authorities said they were helping residents of five assisted-living facilities evacuate, while people at Ojai Hospital were advised to shelter in place.

“It’s definitely moving,” Ventura County Sheriff’s Capt. Garo Kuredjian said of the fire. “Forecasters were correct in terms of the wind forecast for tonight — it’s much windier than it was yesterday."

“It’s a weird wind pattern,” Kuredjian said.

Authorities had already expanded mandatory evacuation orders hours earlier in east Ojai after flames rolled down slopes about four miles north of downtown. Residents flocked to street corners and gas stations downtown to gawk at the flames.

“It looks pretty bad up there, but as of right now we have not lost any structures in the city of Ojai,” said Rudy Livingston, the city’s finance director. He said that officials have four 15-passenger vans and three vintage trolleys available to help evacuate residents.

About half an hour after that, residents in Carpinteria east of Bailard Avenue — along the west flank of the fire — were advised to evacuate in an emergency cellphone alert.

According to Bloomberg, the fires have shut a major commuter artery in Los Angeles, suspended filming, wiped out more than $3 billion of market value for regional utility Edison International and are threatening some of the state’s lucrative crops.

Stretches of Interstate 405, which feeds major Los Angeles job centers, were shut as flames engulfed nearby mountainsides. Neighborhoods near the freeway and the famed Mulholland Drive, including parts of upscale Bel-Air, were evacuated. Snap Inc. shut operations, and a major conference on microcap stocks that was scheduled to be held in Los Angeles through Thursday was canceled. Ventura County, home to a third of California’s avocado acreage, has seen tens of thousands of acres consumed, and citrus growers have been affected.

The fires are adding to what has already become the most damaging – and also the deadliest - year for wildfires in recent California history. The October fires in NorCal caused some $9.4 billion in damage. The disasters are also striking as the House and Senate are working on a final version of sweeping tax legislation that currently would phase out the deduction for personal casualty losses, including those from wildfires and earthquakes.

One fire’s blazing near the Jewish museum Skirball Cultural Center, and the prominent Getty Center is just south. All filming activity in Los Angeles’s mountain fire zone areas was suspended for the week.

In Ventura County, 90,000 acres had burned as of 9:06 p.m. local time Wednesday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. More than 150 structures were reported destroyed near Ventura. Dozens of schools in Los Angeles and Ventura counties were closed. The University of California at Los Angeles, adjacent to an evacuated area, canceled class.

Elsewhere, the Rye Fire in Santa Clarita has burned 1,000 acres and Santa Ana's Creek Fire has destroyed 11,000 acres, according to the LAT

In one iconic image, smoke from the fires can be seen rising over the Hollywood sign.

 

 

One Twitter user tweeted a stunning before-and-after photo of some of the land scorched by the Thomas fire.

 

 

As of late last night, more than 11,000 customers were without power due to the wildfires, according to Edison’s Southern California Edison utility. A local transmission emergency was declared by the state’s grid operator after the loss of high-voltage power lines serving the Ventura and Santa Barbara areas. Fire officials said Wednesday that they’re looking at all possible causes for the blazes.

President Donald Trump, who owns a home in Beverly Hills, tweeted that his thoughts and prayers were with Californians affected by the fires and thanked emergency personnel for their work.

 

 

FEMA, meanwhile, has approved federal disaster-assistance grants...

 

 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a state of emergency in the area late Tuesday.
 

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D.T.Barnum's picture

how about a little fire, scarecrow?

Chuck Norris's picture

Has Pelosi started blaming Trump yet?

shitshitshit's picture

trial by fire

purification

in the meantime the Don messes up with other countries.

isn't this grand?

MonetaryApostate's picture

Taste The Rainbow...

Long Water Utilities...

Short housing markets =D

caconhma's picture

The Mother Nature ALWAYS prevails!

South CA does not have water. In the past, it was a desert but now it houses ~15 million people. Therefore, early or later it will burn to Hell. 

quadraspleen's picture

it'll stop burning when there's nothing left to burn

lil dirtball's picture

> “It’s a weird wind pattern,” Kuredjian said.

It has nothing to do with airplanes spraying chemicals, citizen. Nothing at all. Please disregard any airplanes discharging large volumes of white mist and geometric patterns across the once-blue sky. This is all very normal. Except the wind patterns. They are normally weird.

Freddie's picture

If they stopped wasting billions on illegal aliens, tax free corporations like Apple, Google, etc, golden pensions, bombing Syria and other countries - we could have 20 more water airplane bombers.  Even with crazy high winds, they are still effective. 

Some stupid hispanics in So cal let there 20 horses burn to death.  Fu***ing retards.   If I had 20 horses, I would have a well, with power back ups and sprinklers all over the property plus an emergency pump and well where I could spray everything with a fire hose.   F California - they let Jerry Brown globe trot selling globull warming while money could be spent on planes to drop water. 

The stupid fU***ing US Govt also blocks the Colo Springs based 747 water tanker from dropping it's full load.  The plane can lay down a mile wide and 3 mile long fire suppression lane where no one on the ground could be hurt by the falling water or fire supression materials. 

God Emperor's picture

Can we please get a change in wind direction from N to S.

Just a Festivus gift to the LA heatens.

Slack Jack's picture

Record-Setting Hurricanes; Record temperatures; Record-Setting Wildfires; ya think it might be global warming?

THE EVIDENCE OF GLOBAL WARMING IS OVERWHELMING.

So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs2-00/

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of about 80 meters (263 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

The ice sheets have been continuously melting for thousands of years. What is left of them today, is still melting, and will continue to melt. Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:

http://preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=23

Global temperatures are increasing. And by quite a lot each year.

2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.

This is 0.0380 degrees centigrade hotter than the previous record year which was 2015.

0.0380 is a large increase in just one year.

2015 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.1601 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2014.

0.1601 is an absolutely huge increase in just one year (at this rate temperatures would increase by 16 degrees in a century).

2014 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.0402 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2010.

http://preearth.net/images/temp-anomalies-1880-2017.txt

The conspiracy to hide global warming data.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is given tax money to make global temperature records available to the public. However, certain people at NOAA continually sabotage this aspect of NOAA's mandate. For example, these people have (deliberately) sabotaged the web-page that delivers the temperature records.

Look for yourself:

Go to the page: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/monitoring-references/faq/anomalies.php scroll down to the The Global Anomalies and Index Data section and click the download button and see what happens. Well, you get the message:

"Not Found. The requested URL /monitoring-references/faq/anomalies-download was not found on this server."

I guess that the 2017 data must be truly horrible if they have to hide it away.

http://preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=23

ConfederateH's picture

Bla bla bla brain fart bla bla bla.

Why is there still snow in the mountains and islands in the Maldives then?  You guys swore if we didn't do something immediately 30 years ago the world would come to an end in 10.  Besides, your anti-white army gave up on the global warming front years ago, retreated to climate change heights, then after that rout they abandoned the battle screaming "climate disruption".  The only people listening to your drivel are brain dead useful idiots.

yarpos's picture

Meanwhile those of us not in hysteria land can easily see just by looking around and having been alive and adult for the last 50 years that really nothing much has changed.   Weather comes and goes,  natural disasters happen, unfortunately the Internet exists and everything is hyped and manipulated to the max.

A Nanny Moose's picture

A) Coporations do NOT pay taxes. They collect them.

B) They do NOT fly firefighting aircraft in high winds.

ConfederateH's picture

California already has very strict building codes for decades to prevent just these kinds of fires.  Many of these homes must have sprinklers too.

Look at the house in the first picture:

http://ktla.com/2017/12/05/thomas-fire-day-2-list-of-evacuations-shelter...

There are no fires around the house.  The house has a tile roof.  Yet the fire has started inside of the house.  There are hundreds of similar pictures in Napa, plus cars spontaneously combusting all over the place.

It looks to me like there is some kind of DEW (Directed Energy Weapon) that causes certain metals to heat up until flamable material around it combusts.  It also looks like mag rims may heat up and ignite tires.

junction's picture

10+ Socal Fires Out of Nowhere: What severed the power lines?? (5Dec2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5LsMpGdtr4

 

Santa Rosa & Northern CA Fires DEFY THE LAWS of PHYSICS (Where'd the houses go??) 10Oct2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2q7nN0JYWE&t=884s

847328_3527's picture

Maxine Waters is features on this months issue of "Essence."

More signs the mental disease has infected all corners of our nation and media.

TheGardener's picture

Have you ever seen a bush fire as it approaches ? The fire pushes intense heat in front of it incinerating everything in its way

but with actual flames often starting at five feet up in the air, none visible on the ground.

I once saw a fire jumping a highway, at first it seemed to stop but that was just the visible flames . The intense heat crossed

and then the fuel on the other site was in flames as if the fire had just jumped 70 ft. After that the paint of the cars came off

as if in a blast  (all at once !) and the tires started burning.

ConfederateH's picture

So a "fire pushed heat wave" at 5' combusts cars and leaves brush, both at the same height, often with the car below the level of the trees/brush.

Have you really seriously looked into the pictures from Santa Rosa?  And if these events happen every, say, 50 years in Ca, what are the odds that it happens twice or several times in one year?

But hey, many people don't even know about the building 7 freefall, they revel in their ignorance and claim its their strength.  Its called Amurica.

glenlloyd's picture

Is the EPA there yet to fine Cali for their polution of the earth? I'm not sure I can get behind the EPA if they're going to ruin Volkswagen but let California go for this stuff.

I wonder which is worse? The smoke coming from those CA fires or what's coming out of a TDI tailpipe?

EPA can kiss my ass, and Cali can cut loose and secede if it wants too, no one will miss them, don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Mr Hankey's picture

Could any of these structures & vehicles & contents ve insured 4 more than assessed value?

yarpos's picture

Building codes do not prevent fires.  Building codes (if they are any good) help minimise , not eliminate, the chance of a structure catching fire.

Tile roofs are not really very effective in a severe bushfire.  I guess thats an American thing where the logic goes they are better than shingles.   Anything with air gaps and openings that embers can get in will result in fire starting in the roof cavity.  Sheet steel (aka corrugated iron) roofing is popular and effective roofing , combined with metal gutter guard will give you some chance.

Once things reach firestorm levels in high winds ,  most anything in the way will combust/melt.

ConfederateH's picture

Look at the picture I posted above.  The fire has started inside on the ground floor, and there was no "brush fire" or any other kind of fire anywhere around.  If you bother to look with your own eyes and use your own brain there is evidence all over.

You can go around making excuses for fake birth certificates, buildings collapsing at freefall after not being hit by an airliner, paddock having 23 bump stock AR-15's on floor 32 to killl poeple without a motive all you want.  You can stay on the blue pill, I really don't care.

justa minute's picture

thats too bad about the hollywood sign hope it doesnt get burned to a crisp

NumNutt's picture

Actually the countries were pretty much F'ed up long before "the Don" became POTUS.

World Cash Day's picture

Maybe these fools shouldn't choose to live in a desert.

Little sympathy for anyone impacted by this. You makes the choice you bear the consequences.

Drater's picture

After spending $23B/year on illegals there isn't much left over for fire prevention/brush clearance and infrastructure upkeep (crumbling dams, roads, bridges, etc.) I hope Trump says FUKK off and doesn't send a penny in aid

20-20 Hindsight's picture

You forget that Orange Jesus has a house in Beverly Hills.  He has vested interest there, so no worries, he'll come to the rescue if need be.

Moving and Grooving's picture

L.A. isn't a desert. It's pavement occasionally broken by a few green things in the dirt.

 

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A Nanny Moose's picture

Even the LA River is made of concrete.

847328_3527's picture

My heart breaks for those folks in California.

 

I guess their Gubnor Jerry Brown is too  busy building that $80 Billion Bullet Train from Mexico to the Sanctuary cities, LA and SF.

Antifaschistische's picture

actually most of the people who live in these areas would love to do preventative measures.  

One of my buddies had a weekend home in this area and his back fence touched the "park" land.  He would get a citation if he even used a weedeater to cut the grass against the back of his fence.  40 years ago, we could mow and till to create a fire break.  not today.  you must protect the "habitat".   lol....the "habitat" that is now getting destroyed.

decon's picture

Habitat is not getting destroyed.  These plant communities evolved with regular fire.  This is at least in part mean reversion from 100 years of fire suppression.  Regular fires under pre-settlement conditions prevented an accumulation of fuel and created a mosaic of burns over time.

Socratic Dog's picture

Low frequency, high intensity fire regimes, like we see now because of fire suppression efforts, create a vastly different habitat than high frequency, low intensity regimes.  The habitat is changing, definitely.  Which, to its inhabitants, is destruction.  You know, the inhabitants that we are suppressing fires to protect.

Dumb fuckery.  The fools trying to protect are the ones destroying.  That's .gov for ya.

yarpos's picture

100% correct.   After catastophic bushfires in Australia in 2009  (couple hundred dead,  thousands of square kilometres burnt) a regime of controlled low intensity burning was bought in to reduce fuel load during autumn and spring.    Greenies and their lapdog State agencies create an ever increasing and inevitable time bomb.  There is no if,  just when in environments like SoCal.  

Bemused Observer's picture

Weedeaters are noisy. Go out at night with a bottle of Roundup and create your fire break. If anyone asks any questions, just say, "So, the grass is dying...what do you want me to do about it? It's not my land. Go talk to BLM."

I don't give a rat's ass who they ARE, or what costumes they're wearing. If I live in 'fire country', NO ONE will be piling tinder against my fences, 'naturally-occuring' or not. There WILL be a large, dead swath around my land, like a moat where no vegetation will grow. I would make sure of that. There are plenty of ways to clear a strip of land, and keep it clear for a long, long time. Just be sure to check your run-off patterns beforehand...:-) And no need for strong poisons...regular salt will work just fine, just enough to keep little seedlings from getting established. If these people were so concerned about environmental impacts they wouldn't object to trimming and cutting back overgrown areas, as these are not permanent changes. But, if they insist in placing you and your property in danger, then you have to consider your options. If one of them is creating a 'sterile zone' around your property, well, they left you no choice.

If they won't let you cut or trim it, then just kill it. Conversation over. 

Socratic Dog's picture

It's easy enough to play .gov agencies off against one another.  I'm in the redwood forests of Northern CA.  A bunch of agencies do their damnedest to "protect" the forest....no burning, no tree felling, no vegetation clearance.  Then there's the fire departments.  100 feet protective radius is their mantra.  Clear what you like, fell what you like, to protect our home.  Refer any whiners to the local fire dept. It works.  Threatened court actions magically disappeared when I did that.

tion's picture

The poor management makes my eyebrow twitch too, but MAYBE people should buy big enough lots so that they can create the fire break on their own damned private property? Retards going around salting public property are not better than the .gov tards.

ZH Snob's picture

I guess these fires are just a coincidence.  They couldn't possibly be a judgement and warning from God could they?  no, that's just crazy.

Mama Mia's picture

I'm trying to keep it all in perspective, things happen, and we have been through very big fires before,  but - I was woken up in the middle of the night by a local earthquake, and when we went outside this morning in the winds to put down our flag pole we had to hold onto the pole during a big gust.   Feeling some judgement.....

Muslimania's picture

BUH BYE, MEXIFORNIA!!!!

SANCTUARY DIS!

ConfederateH's picture

Run goyim run.  Run from the holocausts we create.

First Napa and Santa Rosa.  Now Ventura, Santa Clarita and Ojai.  

Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.

Besides, what about all these pictures of houses burning with trees remaining a few feet away, or automobile glass and engine block melting with trees remaining just feet away.

Its not man-made global warming, its jew-made holocaust.

Lost in translation's picture

If only you could see the freeways going to/from my workplace.

Can’t even get out there, today.

loves the truth's picture

Agenda 21.. the insane communists are behind this! The winds speeds are a lie

Charming Anarchist's picture

More wildfires that burn down man-made property but magically leaves all of the trees intact!!

Hope Copy's picture

Tree tops.. this happens in high winds.  I've seen this in Southern France years ago.

Charming Anarchist's picture

Oh, I get it!
The wind speeds are NOT a lie!

yarpos's picture

all of the trees,  I doubt it.  Some of the trees , quite likely.   Some houses will also stand alone relatively undamaged.

bcking's picture

Let it burn. Maybe Sanctuary Status will save their stupid asses. I left that shithole and will never go back. F U Jerry Brown .