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Wildfire forces thousands to flee homes north of L.A.

Wildfire forces thousands to flee homes north of L.A.
From CBC - December 5, 2017

A rapidly growing wildfire in thefoothills north of Los Angeles threatened thousands of homes onTuesday, forcing nearby residents to evacuate the area after causing atleast one death and local power outages, officials said.

Some 7,700 households in Ventura County, Calif., about115 kilometres northwest of Los Angeles, were told to leaveas the 10,000-hectare wildfire, known as the Thomas Fire, burneddry brush after erupting earlier on Monday evening, VenturaCounty officials said on Twitter.

One motorist was killed fleeing the fire, a local ABCaffiliate reported. More than 250,000 homes were without power and at least two structures were destroyed, a local powercompany said on Twitter.

"We got my kids out first," Melissa Grisales told ABC 7 inLos Angeles. "Pretty scary, really. I did not think it was going to come to that, but I am starting to get pretty concerned."

About 500 firefighters were battling the fire that destroyedmultiple structures, Ventura County said on its website.

Strong winds

Strong eastern winds were pushing the fire toward the citiesof Santa Paula and Ventura, where about 140,000 people live,county officials said.

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