150,000 Flee Los Angeles As Wildfires Rage - "We'll Be Fighting This All Week"

In what sounds like a replay of the devastating fires that killed dozens of people and torched a broad swath of California wine country this past summer, at least five discrete fires barreled across Southern California with extreme speed, torching more than 65,000 acres as firefighters struggled to contain the simultaneous infernos.

The first blaze started at about 6:25 p.m. Monday in the foothills near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, a popular hiking destination. It grew quickly to more than 15 square miles in the hours that followed, consuming vegetation that hasn’t burned in decades, Ventura County Fire Sgt. Eric Buschow said, according to CNN.

Powerful Santa Ana winds and extremely dry conditions have fueled the wildfires, according to the Washington Post, adding hundreds of millions – if not billions – of dollars in damage to what has already been a devastating year for fires. The winds that caused the fires were part of the season’s longest and strongest wind event – driving down from the desert and mountains into the city of Los Angeles.

So far, the latest fires have forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, burned down more than a hundred buildings and triggered power outages in the region.

According to CNN, on Tuesday, the city of Ventura declared a daily curfew, beginning 10 pm to 5 am. The curfew is to protect residents and prevent crime such as looting in the evacuation areas, the city said. The largest fire, called the Thomas Fire, was seen crossing the 101 Freeway north of the city of Ventura. That fire had been burning at nearly an acre per second Tuesday. At that speed, it would have covered Manhattan's Central Park in about 14 minutes.

The Thomas Fire spanned 50,000 acres (about 78 square miles) in Ventura County alone, which sits just north of Los Angeles. The fire was 0% contained as of Tuesday night.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said about 150,000 people in Los Angeles were affected by evacuation orders for another fire, called the Creek Fire, near Sylmar and Lake View Terrace. About 43,000 homes are without power, according to Southern California Edison Tuesday night. More outages are possible because flames were burning along power transmission paths, a spokeswoman said.

The Rye Fire near Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County grew to about 5,000 acres and was 5% contained. That fire was spotted near the Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia. In San Bernardino County, two smaller fires sprang up. One is fully contained while the Little Mountain fire, at 100 acres, is 0% contained.

After a brief respite Tuesday evening, the Santa Ana winds are expected to pick up again on Wednesday and Thursday, which will likely stoke the flames.

The mayor of Los Angeles said he expects fire crews to be working all week to contain the flames. "We expect to be out here all week fighting and containing this fire," LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said. The fires spewed so much smoke that they were captured in a NASA image from space.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared an emergency for Ventura County, freeing state resources such as the National Guard to support response efforts.

Comments

GUS100CORRINA FORD_FIESTA Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:35 Permalink

150,000 Flee Los Angeles As Wildfires Rage - "We'll Be Fighting This All Week"My response: Mankind has really messed up the environment with all of this CHEMTRAIL "crap" science which is based on the FALSE NARRATIVE of GLOBAL WARMING.The video evidence is overwhelming in a large number presentations from many scientists that CHEMTRAIL SCIENCE is WRONG and needs to be stopped RIGHT NOW! America needs to WAKE UP or face real TROUBLE. 

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silverer GUS100CORRINA Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:15 Permalink

Your negative posters are simply uninformed about this. Forgive them, they know not what they do. They will believe CNBC and MSNBC and ABC etc. before they believe their own governments documentation on this. Before you post negative, you'd better do your homework. This atmospheric modification is officially part of the public record and a huge amount of material exists regarding it. Wake up.

http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/

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Lorca's Novena charlewar Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:32 Permalink

I dont think so this time, as being familiar with 2 of the 3 locations Im surprised it hasnt happened already. The one in Santa Clamidia / err, Santa Clarita, started in a highly traveled area, Industrial etc... The Ventura one by that college has dumbfuck mestizos hiking the trails doing whatever drug as they "tag" the once beautiful rock formations... Fair well my Ventura buddies.Fuck you santa clarita aka awesometown

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NoDebt Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:29 Permalink

"consuming vegetation that hasn’t burned in decades"Does anyone else read these articles purely to pick out very telling little phrases like this?

bcking Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:37 Permalink

A good start, but please direct that fire towards LA then Sacramento. Leaving California for a deep red state was the best move of my life. Fuck Off and Die California.

Yellow_Snow Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:38 Permalink

California Liberals spent all their monies on welfare programs, while gutting the essential forrest services...Much of these fires could have been reduced or contained'Secrets' the liberals don't want you to know...

GoatHollow Yellow_Snow Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:58 Permalink

Yeah, I was a firefighter for 22 years Including several years fighting forest fires...... These fires are out of control, because of the exact OPPOSITE of what you are saying!!!  Decades of preventing smaller fires from burning, have allowed the forest and brush to become overgrown!!!  As you can see by the map above, they're all burning on the edge of National Forest land (green)  ""Essential Forest Services" there are administered by FEDERAL AGENCIES!  NOT Liberals, or State agencies.  Welfare has NOTHING to do with it.... The $20 TRILLION you OWE in Federal debt does!

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PrivetHedge GoatHollow Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:07 Permalink

It's ironic that the product of the world's highest tech. solar energy collectors (known to many as 'trees') are left to burn while we frack for oil and buy Chinese solar panels in.A sustained harvest and burn of trees for electricity generation in specialist power stations would have a) Eliminated the problem and b) saved a serious amount of cash too. Every single forest fire is a symptom of wasted solar power. In Canada they even had the solar power destruction happen near some stupid shale oil place. Idiots.

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