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Santa Barbara County’s blockade from the Thomas fire as fire crews battled to retain the disastrous fire from the region‘s delightful beach communities. Officials say the uncontrollable fire had charred 230,000 acres by Sunday evening, making it the fifth biggest wildfire in the history of California.

The blaze propagated by more than 50,000 acres in the daytime activating novel deportation diktat for about 5,000 county inhabitants involving those east of Mission Canyon and north of Highway 192. An extra 30,000 residents west of Mission Canyon to Highway 154 and south of Highway 192 to the county line were told to leave. As the blaze developed further, it collapsed from 15% to 10%.

The blaze had devastated 524 constructions and wrecked 135 in the city of Ventura. In an unorganized area of Ventura County, 266 constructions have been demolished while 56 were destroyed. The fire engulfed six structures n beach town of Carpentaria.

Santa Ana winds, assisted by exceedingly low humidity, propelled the Ventura County fire over the Santa Barbara County line. The winds that assailed fire crews from San Diego to Ojai were blustering at speeds of up to 35 mph, fire officials said. The gravest worry was for Carpentaria. The fire was heading west on top of the city in an area of extremely parched vegetation and that has not been ignited in about 100 years, said Steve Swindle, spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department.

 

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