California, Dec 8: California wildfire engulfed more than 115,000 acres land and 427 structures in the Ventura County as nearly 50,000 firefighters continued to hold back flames wreaking havoc across Southern California. Thousands of people have been put under an evacuation order and officials have asked the residents to remain vigilant. The authorities said that the California wildfire could last a few more days.
“We’re trying to get the word out to everybody that lives along the coast that they really need to start thinking about evacuation right now. Make sure your car’s gassed up, make sure your irreplaceable documents, photographs, all that stuff, box it up. Even if you don’t load your car up, just have it ready to go,” said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, adding that the California is burning at an extremely rapid rate.
In Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, at least 200,000 people have been asked to leave their homes. “Until the wind stops blowing, there’s really not a lot we can do as far as controlling the perimeter. This is a fight we’re going to be fighting probably for a couple of weeks,” Mark Lorenzen, Ventura County Fire Chief, was quoted by the Los Angeles Times.
Earlier in the day, two people were burnt in what is known as the Lilac Fire which has started 45 miles north of San Diego County. The officials, however, hasn’t released the nature of injuries to the victims.
The Lilac Fire started Thursday morning and engulfed nearly 3,000 acres of land by mid-afternoon. It has scorched 20 structures and threatens 2,000 more in San Diego county. Another fire, called Creek Fire in the San Fernando Valley, has destroyed more than 15,000 acres of land. The Rye Fire has destroyed 7,000 acres.