Blaze Thomas Fire Devastating the lives of Californians!
Several wildfires continued to blaze in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas on Friday, burning more than 100,000 acres and forcing nearly 200,000 people to evacuate.
The quick-moving fires that have forced thousands of Californians to evacuate their homes swept across the southern part of the state on Friday, destroying buildings and taxing fire crews that have been working for days.
A fire broke out in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, burning almost 500 acres and shutting down part of the 405 Freeway. Firefighters have begun to contain the fire, and the thick smoke that had smothered west Los Angeles had mostly dissipated by Thursday.
The Creek Fire in northern Los Angeles, near the neighborhoods of Sylmar, San Fernando and Lake View Terrace, continued to burn on Thursday. The fire has grown to more than 12,000 acres in two days.
Evacuees in San Diego County, where a 4,100-acre fire was only 15 percent contained as of late Friday night, told of swiftly encroaching flames that left at least six people injured, prized racehorses dead and dozens of homes in ruins.
The largest fire had nearly encircled the city of Ojai and had burned more than 90,000 acres in the area north of Ventura, a city of 110,000 people, officials said. The blaze, known as the Thomas Fire, had reached Highway 101 and was also moving toward Santa Barbara.
More than a dozen fires have devastated Napa and Sonoma.
Officials are still determining the cause behind more than a dozen fast-moving fires that have devastated 100,000 acres in northern California—many in the famed Napa and Sonoma counties, according to the Los Angeles Times. Reports say at least a dozen wineries were damaged or destroyed, and tallies are still coming in.
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