Pages

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Shocking aerial images reveal extent of SoCal wildfire damage as 45,000 acres burn and more than 27,000 people are displaced

  • One person has died and at least three firefighters have been injured while battling the Thomas Fire
  • More than 27,000 people have been forced to evacuate due to the fast-moving blaze that started Monday
  • At least 45,000 acres have burned in Ventura County and the fire has not been contained as of 2pm (PT)
  • California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency on Tuesday for the county and urged people to flee
  • He said:  'This fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got'
  • Filming on HBO's big-budget drama Westworld and CBS drama S.W.A.T have been shut down due to blaze 
  • A massive plume of wildfire smoke now extends more than 500 miles off the Southern California coast 
  • Two people were hospitalized with burns from a fire, called the Little Mountain Fire, that broke out near the campus of California Sate University, San Bernardino also on Tuesday
  • Not including these latest fires, more than one million acres of land have burned in the state so far in 2017 

  • More than 27,000 people have been forced to evacuate in southern California due to the fast-moving Thomas Fire that's killed one person, destroyed more than 150 homes and businesses and now forced the governor to declare a state of emergency in Ventura County.
    The Ventura County Fire Department said that at least three firefighters have been injured as more than a thousand battle the blaze that's grown to 45,000 acres in the coastal county which is just north of Los Angeles.
    The fire has been captured in apocalyptic and frightening images with flames sometimes taking on the appearance of volcanic eruption. As of 2pm (PT), the Thomas Fire has not been contained.
    Gov. Jerry Brown urged residents who are near the blaze to evacuate due to how fast the fire has spread.
    'This fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got,' Brown said while declaring a state of emergency over the area. 'It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so.'  
    In addition, two people were hospitalized with burns from a fire, called the Little Mountain Fire, that broke out near the campus of California Sate University, San Bernardino.

    Thick black and grey smoke has consumed the sky over Ventura County Tuesday where more than 27,000 people have been forced to evacuate due to the fast-moving wildfire. Above dark smoke fills the sky over Ventura County Tuesday
    Thick black and grey smoke has consumed the sky over Ventura County Tuesday where more than 27,000 people have been forced to evacuate due to the fast-moving wildfire. Above dark smoke fills the sky over Ventura County Tuesday

    The fire has killed one person, destroyed more than 150 homes and businesses. The governor has declared a state of emergency in Ventura County. Above dark smoke obscures Interstate 5 in Ventura County Tuesday

    The fire has killed one person, destroyed more than 150 homes and businesses. The governor has declared a state of emergency in Ventura County. Above dark smoke obscures Interstate 5 in Ventura County Tuesday

    The Ventura County Fire Department said that at least three firefighters have been injured as more than a thousand battle the blaze, called the 'Thomas Fire'. Above a home is fully engulfed in flames in Ventura County on Tuesday

    The Ventura County Fire Department said that at least three firefighters have been injured as more than a thousand battle the blaze, called the 'Thomas Fire'. Above a home is fully engulfed in flames in Ventura County on Tuesday

    The blaze has grown to consume more than 45,000 acres in the coastal county which is just north of Los Angeles. Above destroyed homes are pictured on Tuesday in Ventura County

    The blaze has grown to consume more than 45,000 acres in the coastal county which is just north of Los Angeles. Above destroyed homes are pictured on Tuesday in Ventura County

    The above image from NASA Earth Observatory, shows smoke from the Thomas Fire (top C) in California blowing out to the Pacific Ocean on December 5, 2017, along with smoke from the Creek and Rye fires (top R)

    The above image from NASA Earth Observatory, shows smoke from the Thomas Fire (top C) in California blowing out to the Pacific Ocean on December 5, 2017, along with smoke from the Creek and Rye fires (top R)

    The Ventura County Fire Department said that at least three firefighters have been injured. Above the fire consumes a home on Tuesday 

    The Ventura County Fire Department said that at least three firefighters have been injured. Above the fire consumes a home on Tuesday 

    As of 2pm (PT), the Thomas Fire has not been contained. Above Amanda Leon and her husband Johnny Leon watch as firefighters fight to save multi-million dollar homes along Cobblestone Drive near Foothill Road in Ventura County on Tuesday

    As of 2pm (PT), the Thomas Fire has not been contained. Above Amanda Leon and her husband Johnny Leon watch as firefighters fight to save multi-million dollar homes along Cobblestone Drive near Foothill Road in Ventura County on Tuesday

    Gov. Jerry Brown urged residents who are near the blaze to evacuate due to how fast the fire has spread. Above dozens of homes are scene destroyed from a helicopter on Tuesday in Ventura County. Above dozens of destroyed homes are seen from a helicopter on Tuesday

    Gov. Jerry Brown urged residents who are near the blaze to evacuate due to how fast the fire has spread. Above dozens of homes are scene destroyed from a helicopter on Tuesday in Ventura County. Above dozens of destroyed homes are seen from a helicopter on Tuesday

    Of the fire, Brown said: 'This fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got.'

    Of the fire, Brown said: 'This fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got.'
    San Bernardino County Fire spokesman Eric Sherwin said one patient was in critical condition. No other details about the patients were released.
    Sherwin said the Little Mountain Fire, broke out about 12.28pm just south of the university and burned about 30 acres in two hours.
    'I expect that number to grow,' he said. 'We are at zero percent containment.'
    This blaze is threatening structures, forcing mandatory evacuations in San Bernardino. 
    Sherwin could not confirm whether structures had been damaged in the fire that has shut down the northbound lanes of Interstate 215 in the area.
    'It broke out on a hill behind a commercial strip mall at University Parkway and Varsity Avenue,' Sherwin said.     
    Filming on HBO's drama Westworld and CBS drama S.W.A.T. were both suspended due to the fires in the state.  
    This has been an unusually bad year for California wildfires, which has seen more than one million acres (1,500 square miles) burn so far in 2017, according to data released Tuesday by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

    The inferno grew from 50 acres to 31,000 acres in just 10 hours at a burn rate of nearly an acre per second. As of 2pm (PT) on Tuesday, the fire has not been contained

    The inferno grew from 50 acres to 31,000 acres in just 10 hours at a burn rate of nearly an acre per second. As of 2pm (PT) on Tuesday, the fire has not been contained

    Brown said: 'It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so.' Above a firefighter battles the flames on Tuesday. Above Ventura County Firefighter Aaron Cohen catches his breath after fighting to save multi-million dollar homes along Cobblestone Drive near Foothill Road and North Victoria Avenue in Ventura County

    Brown said: 'It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so.' Above a firefighter battles the flames on Tuesday. Above Ventura County Firefighter Aaron Cohen catches his breath after fighting to save multi-million dollar homes along Cobblestone Drive near Foothill Road and North Victoria Avenue in Ventura County

    The fire has been captured in apocalyptic and frightening images with flames sometimes taking on the appearance of volcanic eruption.  Above a home goes up in flames in Ventura County on Tuesday

    The fire has been captured in apocalyptic and frightening images with flames sometimes taking on the appearance of volcanic eruption. Above a home goes up in flames in Ventura County on Tuesday

    The National Weather Service said easterly Santa Ana winds fueling the fire had registered gusts of up to 55 miles per hour -- predicting they could hit upwards of 80 miles per hour into the afternoon and evening. Above

    The National Weather Service said easterly Santa Ana winds fueling the fire had registered gusts of up to 55 miles per hour -- predicting they could hit upwards of 80 miles per hour into the afternoon and evening. Above

    This has been an unusually bad year for California wildfires, which has seen more than one million acres (1,500 square miles) burn so far in 2017, according to data released Tuesday by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Above a destroyed home is pictured on Tuesday

    This has been an unusually bad year for California wildfires, which has seen more than one million acres (1,500 square miles) burn so far in 2017, according to data released Tuesday by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Above a destroyed home is pictured on Tuesday

    Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said during a news conference that the prospects for containment depended on improving weather conditions. Above a destroyed home is pictured on Tuesday

    Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said during a news conference that the prospects for containment depended on improving weather conditions. Above a destroyed home is pictured on Tuesday

    He said: 'Really, Mother Nature is going to decide when we have the ability to put it out.' Above Chino Valley Fire Engineer Chris Calvert works the engine while battling the large blaze on Tuesday

    He said: 'Really, Mother Nature is going to decide when we have the ability to put it out.' Above Chino Valley Fire Engineer Chris Calvert works the engine while battling the large blaze on Tuesday
    A massive plume of wildfire smoke now extends more than 500 miles off the southern California coast due to the four fires burning in the state.  
    The total area burned in the state this year is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
    But sadly those figures released this week don't include the wind-driven Thomas Fire that's currently raging after starting on Monday evening in the foothills near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula. 
    In the hours that followed, it consumed vegetation and spread to more than 15 square miles, Ventura County Fire Sgt. Eric Buschow said.  
    Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said during a news conference that the prospects for containment depended on improving weather conditions.
    'Really, Mother Nature is going to decide when we have the ability to put it out,' he said.

    The National Weather Service said easterly Santa Ana winds fueling the fire had registered gusts of up to 55 miles per hour -- predicting they could hit upwards of 80 miles per hour into the afternoon and evening. Above Justin Ekback watches as Firefighters fight to save multi-million dollar homes while wearing his Christmas garb
    The National Weather Service said easterly Santa Ana winds fueling the fire had registered gusts of up to 55 miles per hour -- predicting they could hit upwards of 80 miles per hour into the afternoon and evening. Above Justin Ekback watches as Firefighters fight to save multi-million dollar homes while wearing his Christmas garb

    'The fire is pushing quickly towards the city of Ventura,' Lorenzen said, and has reached the eastern city limits. The oceanside city has a population of around 100,000. Above firefighters are unable to save one of the multi-million dollar homes in Venture County on Tuesday

    'The fire is pushing quickly towards the city of Ventura,' Lorenzen said, and has reached the eastern city limits. The oceanside city has a population of around 100,000. Above firefighters are unable to save one of the multi-million dollar homes in Venture County on Tuesday

    Above a firefighter hoses down flareups at the two story Hawaiian Village Apartment complex that burnt to the ground during the Thomas wildfire in Ventura on Tuesday

    Above a firefighter hoses down flareups at the two story Hawaiian Village Apartment complex that burnt to the ground during the Thomas wildfire in Ventura on Tuesday

    More than 1,000 firefighters are battling the Thomas Fire alone. Above a firefighter hoses down flareups at the two story Hawaiian Village Apartment complex that burnt to the ground Tuesday

    More than 1,000 firefighters are battling the Thomas Fire alone. Above a firefighter hoses down flareups at the two story Hawaiian Village Apartment complex that burnt to the ground Tuesday

    The NWS put a 'red flag' warning into effect for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Thursday, saying the coming days would likely see 'the strongest and longest duration Santa Ana wind event we have seen so far this season.' Above the destroyed Hawaiian Village Apartment complex is pictured Tuesday

    The NWS put a 'red flag' warning into effect for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Thursday, saying the coming days would likely see 'the strongest and longest duration Santa Ana wind event we have seen so far this season.' Above the destroyed Hawaiian Village Apartment complex is pictured Tuesday

    Lorenzen said the fire was consuming dry brush. 'It's heavy brush, brush that hasn't burned in 15 to 20 years,' he said. Above a helicopter makes a water drop on hot spots after the Thomas Fire swept through Ventura on Tuesday

    Lorenzen said the fire was consuming dry brush. 'It's heavy brush, brush that hasn't burned in 15 to 20 years,' he said. Above a helicopter makes a water drop on hot spots after the Thomas Fire swept through Ventura on Tuesday

    The National Weather Service said easterly Santa Ana winds fueling the fire had registered gusts of up to 55 miles per hour -- predicting they could hit upwards of 80 miles per hour into the afternoon and evening.
    'The fire is pushing quickly towards the city of Ventura,' Lorenzen said, and has reached the eastern city limits. The oceanside city has a population of around 100,000.
    The fire chief said one death had been reported. 'As the individual was evacuating from the fire, the car overturned,' he said. 
    'Fixed wing aircraft and helicopters are expected to attack the fire at daybreak,' the Ventura County website said.
    Two other large blazes broke out Tuesday -- the Creek Fire, which has so far swallowed 11,000 acres, and the more contained Rye Fire, spread over 1,000 acres.

    Lorenzen said: 'And it's been a five, six-year drought so the fuel is just tinder dry and just as ripe as can be for fire spread.' Above a home is consumed by flames in the Thomas Fire on Tuesday
    Lorenzen said: 'And it's been a five, six-year drought so the fuel is just tinder dry and just as ripe as can be for fire spread.' Above a home is consumed by flames in the Thomas Fire on Tuesday

    Authorities warned of widespread smoke and limited visibility, urging residents in impacted areas to run their air conditioners and keep outside windows and doors closed to prevent smoke from entering. Above firefighters battle flames in the Thomas Fire Tuesday

    Authorities warned of widespread smoke and limited visibility, urging residents in impacted areas to run their air conditioners and keep outside windows and doors closed to prevent smoke from entering. Above firefighters battle flames in the Thomas Fire Tuesday

    The NWS put a 'red flag' warning into effect for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Thursday, saying the coming days would likely see 'the strongest and longest duration Santa Ana wind event we have seen so far this season.'  
    Lorenzen said the fire was consuming dry brush.
    'It's heavy brush, brush that hasn't burned in 15 to 20 years,' he said. 
    'And it's been a five, six-year drought so the fuel is just tinder dry and just as ripe as can be for fire spread.'
    Authorities warned of widespread smoke and limited visibility, urging residents in impacted areas to run their air conditioners and keep outside windows and doors closed to prevent smoke from entering. 
    The Southern California Edison utility company said 180,000 customers in Ventura County and 83,000 in Santa Barbara County were without power. 
    Schools in the Oxnard, Ventura, Hueneme and Santa Paula school districts were closed Tuesday. 
    The cause of the Thomas Fire is unknown.
    This has been California's deadliest year ever for wildfires. More than 40 people died in the state's wine-producing country in fires in October. A separate one quickly grew in Anaheim Hills, burning through thousands of acres.

    No comments:

    Post a Comment