World More than 1,000 firefighters battle California inferno

01:23  07 december  2017
01:23  07 december  2017 Source:   Reuters

Ellen DeGeneres Evacuates as California Wildfires Spread Through Santa Barbara County

  Ellen DeGeneres Evacuates as California Wildfires Spread Through Santa Barbara County "Our house is under threat of being burned," tweeted the comedian, whose home is threatened by the massive Thomas Fire"Our house is under threat of being burned. We just had to evacuate our pets," the talk show host wrote. "I'm praying for everyone in our community and thankful to all the incredible firefighters.

The largest fire still burning in California has burned more than 69, 000 acres and destroyed 43 homes. The fire grew to about 6, 000 acres overnight with more than 1 ,100 firefighters assigned to the blaze.

Around 4, 000 homes and a military base on the California coast are threatened by the Springs Fire , which is still raging. Click here to view more pictures. The inferno , which erupted on Thursday morning and could have been started by a discarded cigarette butt

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More than 1,000 firefighters battled an unrelenting wildfire on Wednesday that threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, the biggest of several uncontrolled Southern California blazes fanned by intensifying dry Santa Ana winds.

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US: More than 200 fire engines and firefighting crews from around the country were rushed to California on Wednesday to help battle infernos which have Pimlott said firefighters were battling a total of 22 wildfires that have burned over 170, 000 acres (68,800 hectares) and that reinforcements

Over 10, 000 firefighters battling California wildfires. More than 10, 000 firefighters are spread across California to fight the huge blaze that covers about a third of the state, amounting to more than 48, 000 square miles (124,319 km) spanning from California ’s Central Coast to Sierra Nevada forests.

The Thomas Fire raged in the foothills above and in the city of Ventura some 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Los Angeles, fire officials said late Tuesday. The blaze, which began on Monday, had charred more than 50,000 acres, they said.

"We are still in the middle of an aggressive and active firefight on the ground," said Robert Welsbie, spokesman for the Ventura Fire Department. "If the winds pick up, we will face quite a challenge."

The fire, which was entirely uncontained, was being whipped by unpredictable Santa Ana winds, which blow in from the California desert. Wind gusts were forecast to top out at 70 miles per hour (115 km per hour) on Wednesday and remain strong through the week.

There were no immediate reports of fatalities, Welsbie said.

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(Reuters) - More than 1 , 000 firefighters battled an unrelenting wildfire on Wednesday that threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, the biggest of several uncontrolled Southern California blazes fanned by intensifying dry Santa Ana winds.

11, 2017, in Santa Rosa, California More than 200 fire engines and firefighting crews from around the country were being rushed to California on 11, 2017. The death toll from some of California 's worst ever wildfires rose to 17 as thousands of firefighters battled to bring the infernos under control.

Some 1,000 firefighters battled to save homes, with one suffering a minor injury, Welsbie said.

100,000 evacuated as L.A. wildfires rage

  100,000 evacuated as L.A. wildfires rage More than 100,000 residents in the San Fernando Valley remained under evacuation Wednesday as a brush fire that started in the foothills above Sylmar continued to grow. The Creek fire started Tuesday about 6:30 a.m. and quickly raced out of control as powerful Santa Ana winds pushed it toward houses below.The fire has destroyed at least 30 homes and scorched 11,377 acres, authorities said.As crews continue to fight the blaze, some residents are beginning to assess the damage to their foothill properties.

More than 1 , 000 firefighters battled an unrelenting wildfire on Wednesday that threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, the biggest of several uncontrolled Southern California blazes fanned by intensifying dry Santa Ana winds.

More than 1 , 000 firefighters from the immediate region and throughout California are battling the fire , which has destroyed three homes and damaged one other, Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said during a press conference Sunday.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a nearby small but growing 50-acre brush fire early Wednesday that forced the partial closure of heavily traveled Interstate 405, near scenic Mulholland Drive. The nearby Getty Center museum shut down for the day to protect its art collection from smoke damage, it said.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, freeing state funds and resources to assist.

More than 250,000 homes lost power, utilities said. Classes were canceled at all schools in the Ventura Unified School District on Wednesday.

Thomas was the largest of a number of wildfires that broke out across Southern California following the onset of the Santa Ana winds.

In the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, the Creek Fire had blackened more than 11,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 2,500 homes and a convalescent center north of Interstate 210.

Three firefighters were injured and hospitalized in stable condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a state of emergency while 11 Los Angeles Unified schools canceled Wednesday classes.

Some 30 structures were destroyed by the Creek Fire by Tuesday evening, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

(Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York and Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Jeffrey Benkoe)

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