Governor Jerry Brown to visit Thomas Fire scene

The Thomas Fire burns in the Los Padres National Forest on December 8, 2017 near Ojai, California.
The Thomas Fire burns in the Los Padres National Forest on December 8, 2017 near Ojai, California.
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California Gov. Jerry Brown will visit the scene of a deadly wildfire in Ventura as firefighters continue the battle against wind-whipped blazes that have torched hundreds of homes.

Brown will survey damage from the Thomas Fire on Saturday and will meet with emergency management officials and residents.

The fire is the largest of six that have scorched Southern California. The fires from Ventura County to San Diego County have destroyed more than 500 buildings, killed dozens of horses and forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate.

Old cars sit amid a landscaped charred by the Thomas Fire near Ojai, California (December 8, 2017).
Old cars sit amid a landscaped charred by the Thomas Fire near Ojai, California (December 8, 2017).
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One death is blamed on the Ventura blaze: A 70-year-old woman who crashed her car while evacuating.

On Friday, President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration allowing counties affected by the wildfires to receive federal assistance.

The Thomas Fire burns a hillside behind Lake Casitas in Ventura, California on December 8, 2017.
The Thomas Fire burns a hillside behind Lake Casitas in Ventura, California on December 8, 2017.
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