Wildfires Blaze Downtown Ventura, Hundreds-of-Thousands Evacuated

Hurricane-like Santa Anna winds spread massive wildfires across Southern California scorching 116,000 acrea.

The Wall Street Journal has a heartbreaking video of the fires.The feature image clip is from that video.

Firefighters Struggle to Contain Blaze

Here is a direct You-Tube video. Scenes taken in the middle of the day look like night the smoke is so thick.

The comments describe "hell on earth".

Young Turks Describe the Damage

Only 5% Contained December 7, 6:35PM

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Where the Fires Are

Saving a Rabbit

Wow.

Best wishes to Californian's affected by this nightmare scenario.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Um, 'Young Turks' last year California had RECORD rainfall.

Part of California had record rainfall. Regardless, it doesn't matter. Santa Ana winds are very dry and wind speeds in canyons can gust up to 60 mph or more. Los Angeles area has had virtually no rain since last spring.

The fires are bad if it doesn't rain and worse if it rains. Rain prompts vegetation growth which creates more fuel for the next fire season. Drought dries up whatever existing vegetation there is making it prime fuel for the next fire season. Fires are a fact of life in Southern California. If you live in or near a forest or wilderness area, you live in a fire zone.

You are correct Sleemo, most insurance companies will not insure property that is next to forest or brushy areas in SoCal.

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The headline is a bit misleading. I live in Ventura County and I can tell you the fires only burned a few houses on the edge of the city, not near downtown. The Thomas Fire is still burning in some places, spreading as far as near Santa Barbara County and LA County. The name comes from where the fire started: near St. Thomas Aquinas College in a rural, brushy area. It spread extremely fast due to high winds at the time.

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