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Red Flag Warning: Wildfires Spread in California (+Videos)

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Fires are spreading in two different areas in California, one spreading to more than 6,000 acres as of Thursday afternoon.

The main fire spread about 50 miles outside of Los Angeles as hundreds of firefighters tried to stop it. 

Evacuation orders included the smoke-choked campus of California State University, according to the Associated Press.

The area is at the western edge of the Santa Monica Mountains, which abruptly descend to a coastal plain. It was possible the flames could burn all the way to the Pacific Ocean, about 10 miles from the start point.

The fire started around 6:45 a.m. near the Camarillo Springs exit of the 101 freeway.

Freddy Aoygio watched flames creep to within about 30 feet of her back door in the Camarillo Springs area. She had packed important papers and photos in her car in case she was ordered to leave. “We’ll keep our fingers and toes crossed,” she told the Ventura County Star. “That’s all we can do.”

State fire officials have issued a red flag warning, which means areas within danger from any of the fires could be evacuated.

They also announced that a portion of the Pacific Coast Highway is closed down, between Las Posas Rd. and the Ventura/LA County Line.

The California state fire map. The red icons are fires still not fully contained, including the largest one near L.A. (Screenshot/Google Maps)

“We’re at mother nature’s mercy right now,” county fire spokesman Tom Kruschke told KABC-TV.

Another fire that started yesterday in Banning, CA, has been 40 percent contained, according to the Riverside County Fire Department, but has spread to nearly 3,000 acres and could spread more with winds husting up to 40 miles per hour. 

Fire officials told the Press-Enterprise that this is just the beginning of what could be a long season.

“Welcome to fire season, 2013,” Incident Commander Kevin Gains said. “These are winds we typically don’t see until October.”

“This is an early season fire that burned like it was in the fall,” Cal Fire Southern Division Chief Dale Hutchinson said.

 

 

 



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    • Sakeeta

      There is no California State University. There are only ones in the cities, with the name of the city after it. Soooo. Get your shit straight, which university was it?

    • lostpuppy

      First off, this is not really a red flag alert, the people living in those mountains know there are yearly fires…and if they don’t like it , they should move, what I don’t like about this yearly fire, is when someone’s house burns down, they act like they have no money and nowhere to go, then ask Red Cross for help, their not poor, they own a house worth over 500k drive cars that cost over 50k.

      I feel for the hardship, but it’s by choice.

      A red flag alert is something that affects whole populations, not hillside neighborhoods.

      YOU LIVE IN A YEARLY FIRE AREA!!!

      And to the first poster, REALLY?!?!
      You commented on a very small part of this post, and complained….your acting like a troll, you said nothing about the story itself….only a detail, TROLL TROLL TROLL, that’s what trolls do.

    • Liberty Peckels

      Has anyone ever seen the movie Backdraft??? If not check it out….

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