Wildfires Spread Across Southern California
On Tuesday, flames swept inside the city limits of Ventura burning homes and palm trees as it approached the downtown area. This fire, known as the Thomas Fire, tore across 65,000 acres by Wednesday morning, and the blaze destroyed hundreds of homes, threatened 12,000 structures and forced 27,000 people to evacuate. The burn zone is twice as large an area as Manhattan, and about the size of Seattle. Emergency responders hurried to evacuate residents, protect homes and shut down roads across the region, even as authorities warned that the biggest fire was “still out of control” early Wednesday.
Meanwhile, other major wildfires sprung up further inland. In the San Fernando Valley an 11,000-acre fire forced the evacuation of at least 2,500 homes. Another fire near Santa Clarita forced the closure of Interstate 5, California’s main north-south highway. Late Tuesday, another fire broke out in San Bernardino, near the California State University, San Bernardino campus, forcing more evacuations.
The wildfires are being fed by unusually strong Santa Ana winds, blowing in from the dry desert to the east. Wind gusts from 50 mph- 70 mph are expected through Thursday. A smoke advisory was issued for the Los Angeles area urging residents to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities.
If your home or business suffers from smoke or soot damage due to the wildfires sweeping across Southern California, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas for all of your fire restoration needs. As a Certified Large Loss Response Team Franchise, SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas has access to Semi-truck Trailers of emergency equipment and hundreds of experienced personnel to assist any communities affected by wildfires in a moment’s notice.