Raging wildfire threatens hundreds of homes north of Los Angeles as some 8,000 households are told to evacuate and a motorist is killed while fleeing

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
By Paul Martin

A 31,000-acre wildfire burned dry bush after starting in 70 miles north west of Los Angeles in Ventura County
More than 250,000 homes are without power and 8,000 have been evacuated following the terrifying blaze
A motorist was killed while desperately trying to flee the fire and dramatic footage showed the fire spreading

DAILYMAIL.COM5 December 2017

A raging wildfire has threatened hundreds of homes near Los Angeles as 8,000 households are told to evacuate as the terrifying blaze continues to sweep across the state.

Residents have been forced to leave their homes and one motorist was killed desperately trying to flee the rapidly-growing fire.

The 31,000-acre wildfire, known as the Thomas Fire, burned dry brush after erupting earlier in the evening in Ventura County, 70 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

More than 250,000 homes were without power and at least two structures were destroyed during the blaze.

Reports also suggested a mental health facility in Ventura has burned down, with everyone managing to get out of the building safely.

Melissa Grisales told ABC 7 in Los Angeles: ‘We got my kids out first. Pretty scary, really. I didn’t think it was going to come to that, but I am starting to get pretty concerned.’

Strong winds were pushing the fire toward the cities of Santa Paula and Ventura, where about 140,000 people live, the Ventura County officials said.

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