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Thomas Fire continues to burn through Ventura County




The Thomas Fire broke out Monday near Santa Paula and grew wildly to more than 48 square miles in the hours that followed, burning at least 150 structures. More than 27,000 people have been evacuated.
The Thomas Fire broke out Monday near Santa Paula and grew wildly to more than 48 square miles in the hours that followed, burning at least 150 structures. More than 27,000 people have been evacuated.
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Where there's wind, there's fire in Southern California. And right now, there are three of them.

More than 150 structures have been destroyed and more than 45,000 acres burned in Ventura County.  As of late Tuesday morning, at least 27,000 people have been evacuated and 260,000 residents are without power.

The so-called Thomas Fire broke out late Monday in the foothills above Santa Paula and quickly spread west to Ventura, coming within a quarter mile of Ventura City Hall and sweeping through entire neighborhoods in the hills above the city. Other fires have since broken out in Sylmar and Santa Clarita.

Ojai resident and reporter Stephanie O'Neill joined Take Two to talk about the conditions in Ojai, as she stood in front of a house that was on fire in the upper Ojai valley.

"There's no fire engines or firefighters around here because there are so many fires going on in little pockets that they are spread completely thin. The flames are lapping at this house, and the winds are kicking up right now. We've got very, very strong winds," O'Neill said. "Throughout the valley there are different structures on fire. There's plenty burning up here."

To hear the entire report on fire conditions in the upper Ojai valley, click the blue media player.