Thousands Flee California Wildfires
Posted by feww on May 3, 2013
“I opened the front door and the whole mountain was on fire.” —a Ventura County resident
Thousands of people including residents in several Ventura County communities and students at Cal State Uni Channel Islands were forced to evacuate after several wildfires consumed more than 10,000 acres.
California wildfire expected to gain strength as wind, heat ramp up [UPDATED May 3, 20137:27 a.m. PDT]
- Fast moving Springs fire forced authorities to evacuate students from Cal State Uni Channel Islands in Camarillo and resident of several neighborhoods in Ventura County.
- More than 2,000 homes were threatened by the blaze, which had damaged about two dozen homes, as of posting.
- Springs fire, powered by Santa Ana winds, extremely low humidity and temperatures in the upper 90s, had consumed at least 8,000 acres and was only 10% contained, as of posting.
- Banning Fire in Riverside County, which has consumed at least 3,000 acres since Wednesday, was 40% contained by Thursday, said Cal Fire.
- Another brush fire in Tehama County, north of the town of Butte Meadows, had consumed more than 2,000 acres and was only 10% contained.
- Several other fires were burning in northern Calif., as of posting.
- Officials closed a 10-mile section of Pacific Coast Highway between Las Posas Road in Ventura County and the Los Angeles County due to extreme fire hazard.
- “This is the problem we have: high winds, high temperatures, low humidities, plus the (vegetation) fuels that have been suffering from the drought we’ve had this winter. This all adds up to a perfect storm for wildfire.”
- Some 945 fire personnel are tackling the blaze from fire departments throughout the Southland.
Calif. Max Temps Forecast. See inset for forecast time and period.
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