‘Apocalyptic’ conditions lead to wildfires, destruction across Southern California – Orange County Register
Fanned by cold, fierce Santa Ana winds and fueled by dead trees and dry brush, wildfires raced across Southern California communities Tuesday, burning through thousands of acres from Ventura to San Bernardino counties and likely destroying far more than 200 homes.
The fires forced mass evacuations that clogged area freeways from the north and south, east and west, and the conditions are expected to remain dangerous through Thursday.
California once again was under siege in a now all-too-familiar 2017 battle with walls of flames.
A helicopter makes a water drop on hot spots after the Thomas fire swept through parts of Ventura County on Tuesday. Poor air quality from the fire in Ventura County led the Rams to cancel their scheduled Wednesday afternoon practice at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks. (Daniel Dreifuss via AP)
In this photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, firefighters work to put out a blaze burning homes early Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. Authorities said the blaze broke out Monday and grew wildly in the hours that followed, consuming vegetation that hasn’t burned in decades. (Ryan Cullom/Ventura County Fire Department via AP)
Skylar Fahlman waters the property surrounding her home as the Thomas Fire burns near Ventura Tuesday.(Photo by Andy Holzman/SCNG)
The Thomas Fire burned many homes in the Nob Hill Estates area near Ventura Tuesday morning. A Santa Ana wind event has created extreme fire conditions around the Southland.(Photo by Andy Holzman/SCNG)
Skylar Fahlman surveys the damage along Via Arroyo after the Thomas Fire swept through the area Tuesday near Ventura.(Photo by Andy Holzman/SCNG)
A home burns along Via Baja Tuesday morning as the Thomas Fire continues to burn near Ventura, CA.(Photo by Andy Holzman/SCNG)
Firefighters battle the Rye Fire from the air and the ground near Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita on Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
Firefighters battle the Rye Fire along Newell Ranch Road in Santa Clarita on Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
One of horse stalls in flames after an early-morning major alarm brush fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar Tuesday. The fire has charred about 11,000 acres, burning structures and prompting mandatory evacuations. Sylmar California. December 5, 2017. Photo by Gene Blevins/LA DailyNews/SCNG
One of many structors in flamses after an early-morning…