Tuesday, 5 December 2017

California wildfire: Thousands evacuated in middle of the night in Ventura County

Thousands of residents have been forced to flee their homes in the middle of the night as a fast-moving wildfire rips through southern California.

Nearly 8,000 homes were under mandatory evacuation in the cities of Ventura and Santa Paula, north of Los Angeles.

Firefighters warned that the fire was moving so fast they were unable to contain it.

The blaze started on Monday evening and by early Tuesday had burned 26,000 acres (10,500 hectares).

One person died in a traffic accident while trying to flee the fire, officials said.
More than 260,000 customers were said to be without power.

BBC       News.

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