Published On: Wed, Dec 6th, 2017

Thousands of homes may be DESTROYED by wildfire as firefighters struggle with LA blaze

About 3,000 homes and more than 27,000 people were evacuated yesterday after a fast-moving wildfire swept through the city of Ventura.

Two people have been left with burns and one critically.

At least 500 firefighters have battled the fire which has encompassed 50,000 acres.

Incident Commander Todd Derum has said 150 homes have already been destroyed and around 3,000 more could be under threat.

There have been at least five blazes over the last three months due to little rainfall leading to an extremely dry brush and unpredictable winds.

However, the exact causes of the fires are not currently known.

As well as the Thomas Fire in Ventura, there are two other fires in Los Angeles.

In total 150,000 people across the US state have been evacuated.

The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, has declared a state of emergency in the area.

Meanwhile, Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “We simply don’t know what this fire will do.”

The blaze, which broke out on Monday night is still being battled by firefighters who are trying to save as many homes from damage as possible.

The National Weather Service has warned that similar conditions are expected to remain until Thursday or Friday and could, therefore, cause problems for the fire service.

The Ventura fire department has warned people to make sure they are “fire safe”.

On Twitter soon after the fire broke out the department said: “Fires are breaking out across the Southern California region… Be fire safe. Firefighters are working very hard to minimise damage to property. Evacuations are taking place in many places in Southern California.”

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