WILDFIRE: Thousands Evacuated in Southern California


Strong winds are fueling a large wildfire in Southern California which has already forced the evacuation of thousands of homes and claimed one life.

Officials say the Thomas Fire broke out yesterday near Santa Paula, which is about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, and quickly spread to about 48 square miles. The fire has knocked out power to thousands of homes and police say one person was killed in a car accident blamed on the fire. The winds are pushing the blaze toward Santa Paula, which is where most of the evacuations have been ordered.

The National Weather Service says strong winds are expected for the next few days which will continue to fuel the fire. (USA Today)

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