After only two months since wildfires obliterated parts of California wine country, flames spread across Ventura County on Monday night resulting in at least one death and the destruction of multiple homes.
The fire, deemed the Thomas Fire, has expanded 31,000 acres after the help of fierce Santa Ana winds that also caused a string of power outages. It’s also nearing Ventura, a city home to 100,000 residents.
Footage posted to social media shows the harrowing flames engulfing entire homes in the area.
— kale (@kayleeortegaa) December 5, 2017
More homes on fire in Ventura no water pressure to fight fire. pic.twitter.com/6Gqzn2u59l
— epn409 Zimmerman (@epn409) December 5, 2017
According to the Ventura County Fire Department, 27,000 people have been evacuated.
Winds from the east are pushing warm and dry conditions inland, thus drying out vegetation and making it that much easier for the fire to spread. Due to this factor, the National Weather Service has issued a “critical” fire outlook for California for Tuesday. Included are parts of Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties, with the Los Angeles metropolitan area located in a less “critical” zone of danger.
12 hour satellite imagery loop from approx 4pm Mon to 4am Tue over the Thomas Fire in SoCal near Ventura/elsewhere. pic.twitter.com/vlmxZcXwVC
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) December 5, 2017
Fire season in Southern California generally peaks in October, but has a reputation of flaring up in November and December.
The last round of wildfires, in October, killed more than 40 people. Similar to the current fires dry offshore winds played a major factor as well.