Largest Of Southern California Wildfires Erupts To 132000 Acres

A firefighter turns away from the heat as flames explode through the front windows of a home burning in the Lilac fire

One death is blamed on the Ventura blaze: A 70-year-old woman who crashed her vehicle while evacuating. It has helped other agencies fight wildfires almost 40 times this year, the most recent to the Orleans Fire in Northern California in late September. He called California "very wonderful place, but a place that's getting hotter". "But no matter how well prepared we are. we know there is nothing that is going to prevent the fire situation we are facing today with those winds, which can go in any direction at any time", Jacob said.

Cal Fire says there's still zero containment, but a fleet of air tankers will be aiding more than 1,000 firefighters on the ground.

Firefighters also were warned of the dangers of changing wind patterns and to be extra cautious of their surroundings.

The fire department chief in California's Ventura County told ABC News Thursday that he expected the number of structures destroyed by fires - at least 150 - to increase as assessment teams continued to survey the damage into the night. "It's been a bad tragedy for so many people".

The flames were driven by gusty Santa Ana winds that fanned flames in Riverside, Los Angeles and Ventura counties over the last four days. Back at the West Winds Ranch, they placed garbage pails of water on the roof of a barn to protect it - the plastic pails melt if flames come near, releasing the water.

"I thought he was full of bologna, but once I saw the flames and the smoke I thought that maybe he's right", Knapp said. Her property was saved.

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An aircraft drops fire retardant on the Thomas Fire, a wildfire in Fillmore, California, U.S., December 8, 2017. Three people were burned trying to escape.

More than a third of the community's 213 mobile homes burned as fire zigzagged along a hillside, skipping some streets and razing others. Flames hopscotched over highways and railroad tracks, and residents rushed to evacuate their homes with only minutes' warning, some leaving behind holiday gifts. Firefighting efforts were hampered overnight by wind and topography, fire officials said, but the blaze was 15 percent contained.

Wind-whipped wildfires were tearing through neighborhoods in northern Los Angeles County, blackening more than 16,000 acres and destroying at least 30 homes. It burned more than 15,000 acres and destroyed 56 homes and 46 outbuildings since it broke out on Tuesday.

Rows of trailer homes in a retirement community were among the buildings engulfed by flames, leaving charred and mangled metal. Joe Lumaya, The Star-USA TODAY NETWORK Horse owners start to evacuate their horses as the Creek Fire intensifies on Foothill Blvd in Lake View Terrace. "This is the new normal, and this could be something that happens every year or every few years - it happens, to some degree".

"We're far from being out of the woods on any of them", Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), told a news briefing in Ventura.

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