World As Thomas blaze grows, firefighters continue the battle: 'This fire is a beast and you're gonna kill it'

05:52  14 december  2017
05:52  14 december  2017 Source:   Los Angeles Times

More than 1,000 firefighters battle California inferno

  More than 1,000 firefighters battle California inferno <p>More than 1,000 firefighters battled an unrelenting wildfire on Wednesday that threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, the biggest of several uncontrolled Southern California blazes fanned by intensifying dry Santa Ana winds.</p>The Thomas Fire raged in the foothills above and in the city of Ventura some 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Los Angeles, fire officials said late Tuesday. The blaze, which began on Monday, had charred more than 50,000 acres, they said.

" This fire is a beast and you ' re gonna kill it ," Martin Johnson, Santa Barbara County fire division chief, told fire crews. "I have no doubt." As firefighters continue to gain a handle on the fire - which is the fifth-largest in state history

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a tree with a sunset in the background: Fire burns back down the hill behind East Valley Road by Ladera Lane near Toro Canyon at dusk on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 in Montecito, Calif. The Thomas fire continues to burn in the upper reaches of Ventura County and in the mountains behind Carpinteria and Montecito in Santa Barbara County with fairly calm winds.© Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/Los Angeles Times Fire burns back down the hill behind East Valley Road by Ladera Lane near Toro Canyon at dusk on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 in Montecito, Calif. The Thomas fire continues to burn in the upper reaches of Ventura County and in the mountains behind Carpinteria and Montecito in Santa Barbara County with fairly calm winds. The Thomas fire, which has burned through Ventura County for more than a week and entered Santa Barbara County over the weekend, has now scorched 237,500 acres and is 25 percent contained, fire officials said Wednesday.

The fire, which ignited Dec. 4, grew by 1,500 acres overnight, a Ventura County Fire Department public information officer tweeted Wednesday.

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  Ellen DeGeneres Evacuates as California Wildfires Spread Through Santa Barbara County "Our house is under threat of being burned," tweeted the comedian, whose home is threatened by the massive Thomas Fire"Our house is under threat of being burned. We just had to evacuate our pets," the talk show host wrote. "I'm praying for everyone in our community and thankful to all the incredible firefighters.

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This site uses cookies. By continuing , your consent is assumed. Learn more. News but not as you know it . Some 15 fire engines and 97 firefighters rushed to the scene to battle the blaze as it threatened to spread.

"Firefighters made good progress overnight," the public information officer account tweeted. "Thomas is moving North and West toward the Santa Ynez mountain range away (from) populated areas."

On Tuesday evening, authorities said they had "turned a corner" in fighting the blaze along its eastern flank in Ventura County. Winds were relatively calm and evacuations were lifted in the Lake Casitas area. However, officials warned stronger winds could return Thursday or Friday.

On the Santa Barbara County side, the fire continues to threaten the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and surrounding areas. The tedious, but vital, work of clearing brush down to the dirt as a fire barrier in the hills above Santa Barbara County's wealthy beach enclave will continue Wednesday.

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The fires . Firefighters are battling six wildfires across various counties in Southern California. Thomas Fire : The largest of the six blazes started Monday in Ventura County, and has scorched 115,000 acres. It ’s only 5% contained and has destroyed at least 73 residences.

Hundreds of firefighters continuing La Tuna Fire battle through the night. Firefighters initially thought they had a good handle on the blaze . It only burned about a quarter acre of brush as it moved uphill.

More than five miles of additional containment line needs to be created by hand above Montecito and its neighboring communities as the Thomas fire continues its slow march west toward the Santa Ynez range, officials said.

About 600 fire engines are jammed into the narrow, winding roads in the Santa Barbara County foothills. Trucks are spraying retardant on grassy hillsides and firefighters are wrapping indefensible, small buildings in protective metallic sheeting that looks like tinfoil to reduce the chances they ignite.

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Firefighters used a similar strategy to protect historic sequoias from the Rough fire in 2015.

Deeper in the forest above Santa Barbara near Gibraltar Dam, crews have worked day and night building a defense to stop it from reaching the Santa Ynez mountains.

"We want to stop it in its tracks," said Charles Esseling, a public information officer from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in Riverside County.

The fire's spread northwest has also been slowed because it's reached the burn scar from the massive Zaca fire of 2007.

Firefighters are attacking the flames directly by air and ground south of Highway 33 while containment lines are constructed, Esseling said.

With containment lines safely protecting Ventura and Santa Paula to the east, firefighters there will be on a "seek and destroy" mission for any lingering hot spots that could threaten precious avocado groves, fire officials said at a morning briefing at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Multimillion-dollar homes in the Montecito area are reduced to ashes by the Thomas fire

  Multimillion-dollar homes in the Montecito area are reduced to ashes by the Thomas fire By Sunday morning, a multimillion-dollar house on the top of Park Hill Lane in Montecito was still smoldering and on fire.&nbsp;All that stood were cement blocks that outlined the frame of the house — once yellow, it had been turned black by the fire.

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Firefighters continue to battle the blaze burning in the heart of California 's wine country.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli). You ' re getting tired. Let's finish this thing strong, without any major accidents."

"This fire is a beast and you're gonna kill it," Martin Johnson, Santa Barbara County fire division chief, told fire crews. "I have no doubt."

As firefighters continue to gain a handle on the fire - which is the fifth-largest in state history - California fire officials offered a hint as to what may have ignited the Thomas and other destructive blazes that tore across Southern California last week.

It likely will take months for fire officials to determine the cause of the fires, but state officials have notified Southern California Edison that the utility's equipment is under investigation. Power lines downed by high winds have been the cause of major brush fires in the past. The far smaller Skirball fire in Los Angeles was started by a cooking fire at a homeless encampment, officials said this week. But investigations into other fires are expanding, according to SCE.

"The investigations now include locations beyond those identified last week as the apparent origin of these fires," the power company said in a statement. "SCE believes the investigations now include the possible role of its facilities."

As a precaution last week, the utility shut off power temporarily to parts of Riverside County during high winds.

As of Tuesday, Edison said it was finishing restoring equipment damaged in the Liberty, Rye and Creek fires - replacing more than 300 poles with 200 more waiting.

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