By: Kyle James | 12-07-2017 | News
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More Evacuations Ordered In California Fires As Crews Fight 'Weird Wind Pattern'

California is in a state of emergency as several fires rage on with a fifth fire springing up near the heart of LA prompting more evacuations as crews deal with the other expanding fires. Footage of the fires and live coverage can be seen here:

The Thomas fire had scorched around 90,000 acres by Wednesday evening carving a path of destruction that spans over 10 miles from Santa Paula to the Pacific ocean. Five major fires are raging in Santa Paula, Ventura County, San Bernardino County and two in the Los Angeles area causing parts of Interstate 405 to close.

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Authorities struggle to lead helpless residents out of the cities in the path of the fires with Ojai being the fire's next target for destruction. Ventura County Sheriff’s Capt. Garo Kuredjian says of the fires, "It’s definitely moving. Forecasters were correct in terms of the wind forecast for tonight — it’s much windier than it was yesterday."

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Kuredjian went on to describe the weather around the fires as "a weird wind pattern." Mandatory evacuation orders were issued hours before flames rolled down slopes only four miles north of downtown Ojai. Rudy Livingston, the Ojai’s finance director, said, "It looks pretty bad up there, but as of right now we have not lost any structures in the city of Ojai."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Geoff Marcus’ home burned down in the <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThomasFire</a>. He and his sons are searching through the rubble salvage anything they can. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Sarah Parvini 🦅 (@sarahparvini) <a href="">December 6, 2017</a></blockquote>

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California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Tim Chavez said, "We stand a good chance of a challenging night and day tomorrow. It’s going to be a difficult night and day." State fire chief Ken Pimlott said, "We are in the beginning of a protracted wind event."

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Pimlott went on to say, "There will be no ability to fight fire in these kinds of winds. At the end of the day, we need everyone in the public to listen and pay attention. This is not ‘watch the news and go about your day.’ This is pay attention minute-by-minute … keep your head on a swivel."

Residents who lost their homes already like Geoff Marcus are faced with being homeless in the blink of an eye. Marcus described when he saw the fire approaching his home as "an orange glow like the earth was angry". "It was enough time to grab the family and that was it. That was all I had," Marcus said.

Fires are only %5 contained leaving the California lands at the mercy of the weather pattern and the fierce winds are not showing any signs of relenting.

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