Multiple destructive wildfires continue to rage in Southern California, fanned by the strongest Santa Ana winds L.A. and Ventura have experienced since 2012, according to the National Weather Service.
The largest fire is the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, which by early Tuesday afternoon had burned 50,000 acres and destroyed at least 150 structures. About 27,000 people were under evacuation orders.
Authorities reported zero percent containment on the Thomas Fire.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Tuesday morning.
I arrived in Ventura at 3am just as the wind was kicking up again, firefighters are performing rescues and saving as many homes as they can in conditions like this #thomasfire https://t.co/Iw8hRjGQyY
Large plumes of smoke, the most prominent from the Thomas Fire, were clearly visible from space as captured by NASA’s Terra satellite:
A view of destruction from space: @NASA’s Terra satellite imaged smoke plumes as the #ThomasFire ravaged 50,000+ acres in Southern California in less than a day. #CreekFire and #RyeFire plumes are also visible. https://t.co/OVhD0HGDAI
The Creek Fire, burning at the northern edge of the Fernando Valley, had consumed 11,000 acres and triggered mass evacuations as well as the closure of part of Interstate 210.
Authorities reported zero percent containment on the Creek Fire.
Firefighters continue to battle the #CreekFire as dusk descends on #ShadowHills, where several homes have #burned to the ground. More than 11,000 acres #charred in one day.
The #CreekFire jumps the 210 Freeway at the Wheatland Ave. on-ramp in Sylmar. https://t.co/e7EtEcdpDK https://t.co/0JMKOiyKUN
CreekFire On Wentworth St Be #ReadySetGo Check evac map https://t.co/RbNYbBiDRW If you are unsure what to do – evacuate Extreme wind conditions = Unpredicatble fire behavior https://t.co/elyOoXC0MN
Making attempts to save as many structures as possible on #CreekFire @LACoFDPIO #LAWinds are extreme. @local1014 @CAFirefighters @IAFFNewsDesk #Teamwork by all units making monumental attempts to stop this @CalDisasters https://t.co/ZTuFuSf58I
The 5,000-acre Rye Fire burning in Santa Clarita shut down a section of Interstate 5.
Authorities reported 5 percent containment on the Rye Fire.
BREAKING: #RyeFire in Santa Clarita grows to 5,000 acres; 5 percent contained https://t.co/fIIzWkKq57
The Rye Fire is burning near Six Flags Magic Mountain, prompting multiple Twitter users to share images of the amusement park backed by apocalyptic-looking smoke, flames and slurry drops from firefighting aircraft.
RyeFire [update] off Rye Canyon Loop, west of Valencia (Los Angeles County) is now 5,000 acres and 5% contained.
Magic Mountain (photo by John Lazar) #RyeFire #ThomasFire
Magic Mountain #CreekFire #ThomasFire #RyeFire #California
RT @BranJohansen What these pilots have been able to do in CRAZY wind conditions is amazing. This is a drop on the #RyeFire, which has now charred 5,000 acres. This drop helped protect a mobile home park. @23ABCNews https://t.co/ypljBsfPvG
Big thanks to the @LACo_FD, @Angeles_NF firefighters, @SCVSHERIFF deputies and @CHP_Newhall units and other emergency crews who jumped into action and fought to keep Santa Clarita safe today. #RyeFire