Ventura County Wildfire: 150+ Structures Destroyed, 27,000 People Evacuated

KEYT – KCOY – KKFX News Streamed Overnight (1:54:52): Aerial shots of the Thomas Fire burning in Santa Paula threatening hundreds of homes.

A wildfire overnight in Ventura County, California hit the city of Ventura, burning over 31,000 acres while destroying homes and causing the evacuation of 27,000 people. The Thomas Fire” ignited about 6:00 p.m. Monday December 4, 2017 and became and explosive wildfire overnight.

Fire destroyed entire neighborhoods in hills above Ventura. Hawaiian Village Apartments at the edge of the hills to the north of Ventura collapsed about 4:00 a.m. PT as firefighters battled the blaze involving the entire apartment complex at 998 Church Street.

One firefighter was hit by a car while working overnight and transported to a hospital, according to Ventura County Fire Capt. Scott Quirarte.

At 5:20 a.m. the fire was moving toward tourism destination Ojai Valley about 10-15 miles north of Ventura. The population in Ojai, California is 7,461 (2010). The population was 106,433 at the 2010 census in Ventura, and the entire Ventura County population, which includes Ojai, was 823,318 in 2010.

A horse was trapped in a crevice while fleeing the fire. Pleas for help for the horse were posted on Twitter.

Ovdr 50,000 acres are forecast to be damaged or destroyed by the wildfire.

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