Two Firefighters Injured While Battling Thomas Fire

Dec 20, 2017, 01:27
Two Firefighters Injured While Battling Thomas Fire

Another focus of firefighting was on the eastern flank in canyons where a state firefighter was killed Thursday near the agricultural town of Fillmore.

An evacuation center has been established at the UC Santa Barbara Recreation Center at 516 Ocean Road.

For all the firefighters on the lines, they say they've been powerless to stop the fire when powerful Santa Ana winds start blowing. Evacuation orders for the city of Ventura were lifted. The humidity levels should also increase during the early part of the week - more help for fire crews, Hoxsie said.

One of the largest wildfires in California history is now 40 per cent contained but flames still threaten coastal communities as dry, gusty winds are predicted to continue.

Oprah, writing on Twitter yesterday. said: "Still praying for our little town".

Several celebrities are known to have homes in Montecito, which is in the coastal foothills north-west of Los Angeles, including Drew Barrymore, Patrick Stewart and Ellen DeGeneres. "Winds picked up this morning creating a flawless storm of bad for firefighters", Winfrey tweeted. "That's what the science is telling us", Mr Brown said.

Winds have been the biggest factor in the Thomas fire's spread.

All areas east of Highway 154, south of East Camino Cielo, west of Toro Canyon and north of Highway 101 at Toro Canyon to South Salinas then north of Alameda Padre Serra and to Highway 192 west to 154.

Bone-dry conditions during December with virtually no rain together with shifty Santa Ana winds that hiked up to 65 miles per hour on Saturday, and lush vegetation blanketing the hills has made it tough to put the Thomas Fire out.

While thousands of residents threatened by the blaze remain under evacuation, others have been allowed back in their homes - or, at least, what was left of them. That's when more homes burned in Montecito. "The question to ask is, how many did we save today?" The cause of his death was released Saturday, after having been determined to be "thermal injuries and smoke inhalation", according to San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV.

Since the fire began on December 4, about 95,000 people have been placed under mandatory evacuation.

The Santa Barbara Zoo has about 150 species of animals, including a pair of Amur leopards, a critically endangered species. It has already destroyed 1,020 structures and damaged another 242, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

"Everything is fine right now". "However, we just don't want to get caught by something unexpected".

Everything about the fire has been massive, from the sheer scale of destruction that cremated entire neighbourhoods to the legions attacking it: about 8,300 firefighters from almost a dozen states, aided by 78 bulldozers and 29 helicopters. CalFire has put the estimated cost of fighting the blaze at almost $131 million.

The circumstances that led to his death remains under investigation.

Jablon reported from Los Angeles.

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