Dec 6, 2017
Thousands evacuated as wildfires spread in Los Angeles, Ventura Counties
SYLMAR, CA — Thousands of homes have been evacuated as smoke and flames engulf Los Angeles and Ventura County.
The Thomas Fire had grown to 45 thousand acres with zero containment by 10 am.
150 structures had been damaged.
“We have extremely high winds and very very low relative humidity, and so our fuel conditions out there are absolutely about as bad as they can be for fire spread,” said Mark Lorenzen, Ventura County Fire Chief. “So we are very concerned about the wind popping up again today and pushing the fire a little bit further towards the west.”
By 10am, the Creek Fire had grown to 4 thousand acres in Sunland.
Freeways were shut down, and before noon, a third fire in Santa Clarita has also begun.
Just outside the Creek Fire’s danger zone in this Filipino business district of Panorama City. The smog and ashy winds could be felt, many people wearing masks, and several schools canceled classes, as fire trucks cut through the roads.
Many evacuees are now spending the day at evacuation centers throughout the area.
The poor air quality and strong winds are expected to last several days, as firefighters battle the blazes. They hope these gusts do not fan any more fires in the already volatile area.