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Thomas Fire Burns Ventura Apartment Complex To Ground

Thomas Fire Burns Ventura Apartment Complex To Ground

A SOBERING satellite image shows a plume of smoke more than 100 miles long, wafting from the wildfires which have devastated California.

The Thomas Fire burned many homes in the Nob Hill Estates area near Ventura Tuesday morning.

A brush fire has erupted on the west side of Los Angeles along Interstate 405 in Sepulveda Pass. Sylmar California. December 5, 2017.

A home burns during the 'Thomas Fire'.

As firefighters combat four large wildfires in Southern California that have burned more than 83,000 acres, horses are among those fleeing the smoke and flames. Air from high pressure areas blows down toward the Pacific Ocean, speeding up, drying out as they squeeze through mountain passes and canyons. The state created a strategic fire plan in 2010 to try and identify the most hazardous areas and limit destruction. They are said to be in stable condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said on its website.

"Fuel. Ignition. Meteorology. Each component of the formula are off the charts this year", said Bill Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I locked them in the house today. The winds, which originate inland, are similar to the Diablo winds that fueled the wildfires in Northern California.

About 80 miles north of LA there is a fast-moving wildfire.

Trump in a tweet is also encouraging everyone "to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials" and thanking first responders for their "incredible work!"

"This fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said.

If anything, the rains produced some new grass that led to more damage, Spelman added.

"We continue to see more and more extreme fires and extreme weather events", said Chief Ken Pimlott, the Cal Fire director. Two firefighting helicopters have been assigned.

Though San Diego's Cedar Fire in 2003 destroyed 273,246 acres, 2,820 structures were destroyed, according to CalFire figures. It's not clear whether the building survived. What are officials telling people to do?

There were no immediate reports of fatalities or civilian casualties, Welsbie said.

Power company Southern California Edison tweeted that about 180,000 households were blacked out in and around Ventura County, with another 83,000 without power further north in Santa Barbara County, with no estimate of when service could be restored.

Above: Image from NASA of smoke blowing offshore from fires on Dec. 5.