DEW again? Southern California fire forces thousands to flee homes

SANTA PAULA — Ferocious Santa Ana winds raking Southern California whipped explosive wildfires Tuesday, prompting evacuation orders for thousands of homes.

The biggest blaze broke out Monday in Ventura County and grew wildly to more than 48 square miles (124 sq. kilometers) in the hours that followed, sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Buschow said.

Another fire erupted on the north edge of Los Angeles, threatening the Sylmar and Lakeview Terrace neighborhoods, where residents scrambled to get out.

At least 150 structures had burned so far in Ventura County, officials said. Officials did not immediately say what type of buildings burned, but TV reports showed homes in flames as well as Vista del Mar Hospital, a facility that treats patients with mental problems, chemical dependency and veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome.

More than 27,000 people have been evacuated and one firefighter was injured in Ventura County. There was no word on the extent of the injuries. After initial reports of a fatality, county fire Capt. Steve Kaufmann said a dead dog but no person was found in an overturned car.

The winds were pushing the fire toward Santa Paula, a city of some 30,000 people about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. Many of the evacuated homes were in that city.

However, evacuation orders were expanded to houses in Ventura, which is 12 miles (19 kilometers) southwest and has 106,000 residents.

“The prospects for containment are not good,” Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said before dawn. “Really, Mother Nature is going to decide.”

4 thoughts on “DEW again? Southern California fire forces thousands to flee homes

  1. To whom it may concern:

    This is either disinformation or misinformation, but its wrong nonetheless.

    The wild fires in the mountains and foothills of Southern California are a natural phenomenon caused by the perfect firestorm– the Santa Ana Winds. The present fires have NOTHING to do with EMF weapons. A short study of the phenomenon that causes this, Santa Ana winds, will provide ample evidence to this fact.

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  2. Ojai resident in voluntary evacuation area. Yes, evidence so far from live news video corroborates your suspicions of another DEW event — homes reduced to dust with neighboring houses intact and green trees, grass and landscape untouched, vehicles with “melted” tires and windshield and window glass completely missing. From what I saw on news video the short time that power was available, there appeared to be twisted metal from iron fencing and gates and other structural supports. On the ground smoke from the burning flames was very white, while actual structure fires of standing homes was black.


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