Wildfire threatens several thousand homes in Southern California
15:05, Wednesday, 06 December, 2017
Thousands of people were forced to flee their homes on Monday as firefighters battled a fast-moving wildfire in Southern California that has charred at least 55,000 acres of land, authorities said. Intensified by strong winds and harsh weather conditions, the fire was affecting structures in downtown Ventura early Tuesday, with multiple homes on fire near City Hall. Emergency officials originally said a person died in the fire, but later clarified that a dog was killed. The fire is pushing west toward the Pacific Ocean, officials said Tuesday afternoon. At 0 percent containment so far, critical fire conditions are expected until through Thursday and into Friday.