California Firefighters Try To Contain Rapidly Spreading Wildfires

  • California Firefighters Try To Contain Rapidly Spreading Wildfires

California Firefighters Try To Contain Rapidly Spreading Wildfires

Hospitals across Southern California have deployed several resources and services to help those affected by multiple wildfires now raging across the state, the Los Angeles Times reports.

As the dry Santa Ana winds that have fuelled the blazes abated slightly, officials lifted evacuation orders for parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and crews started getting the upper hand in containing some major fires. New evacuations were ordered as the fire sent up an enormous plume near Montecito and Carpinteria, seaside areas in Santa Barbara County.

Firefighters contained 80 percent of the "Creek" fire - the largest blaze that menaced the LA region, which roared through more than 15,000 acres - while the nearby "Rye" fire was some 65 percent under control.

"Praying for my town".

The Thomas fire, which since Monday has been battled by 4,400 firefighters and has torched 173,000 acres, remains only 15 percent contained. Could go either way. "Packing to evacuate now", Rob Lowe, who lives in a mansion in the wealthy enclave of Montecito near Santa Barbara, wrote on Twitter.

A photo posted by Santa Barbara police on Sunday morning showed a wall of flames several yards (meters) high very close to buildings in Carpinteria.

Death toll: The death toll from the Thomas Fire stands at one.

Elevated conditions: Fire conditions are much better than over the weekend, but winds will continue to be a bit breezy at 20 to 40 miles per hour through the middle of the week, according to CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward. He added that there was a good chance of seeing "firefighting at Christmas" this year. She could not return to her home in the community of Oak View, so she stayed with friends for a few days, coming to the shelter on Friday. "It's a horror and a horror we need to recover from".

Fires last week in San Diego, some 130 miles to the south, swept through a training centre killed 40 elite thoroughbred racehorses and destroyed more than 100 homes, a lot of them in a retirement community. President Donald Trump issued a federal proclamation that enables agencies to coordinate relief efforts.

The week's infernos capped California's deadliest year ever for wildfires.

The fires have threatened property worth billions of dollars, just weeks after October wildfires in Northern California resulted in insured losses of more than $9 billion. But, she said of her belongings and home, "none of that means anything when it is your safety".

"The fire season used to be a few months in the summer, now it's nearly year-long". We've never seen anything like it.

"We deeply regret the stress that this has caused", the university's chancellor and senior administrators said in a letter to students, "not just for those on campus, but also for our families here in California, across the country, and for some around the world".

"We were down at the beach and all of a sudden it got really windy and then it got really warm", she said.

"With climate change, some scientists are saying that Southern California is literally burning up", the governor, who is an advocate for climate science, said.

"The truth of the case is that there's too much carbon being emitted, that heat-trapping gasses are building up, the planet is warming and all hell is breaking loose".