'Out-of-Control' Fire Torches Southern California, Forcing Thousands to Evacuate

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The County of Ventura, City of Santa Paula and City of Ventura have all proclaimed a local emergency. When he saw flames illuminating the full moon bright red he decided it was time to leave. This heartbreaker dates from Prine' still-stunning 1973 album "Sweet Revenge", where it has the extraordinary distinction of being a merely good song in the middle of an album full of great ones.

"It could be several years and a lot of precipitation to overcome the droughts", said Cal Fire Capt. Lucas Spelman, a spokesman for the agency.

So far, two buildings have been destroyed and thousands more are without power, according to reports. "It's a structure. You can always replace it".

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Ventura County Tuesday morning. It has caused thousands of people to evacuate their homes and burned hundreds of those structures.

A man waters his home as firefighters battle a wildfire as it burns along a hillside near homes in Santa Paula, California.

O'NEILL: Well, I got to check on my dog and my cat. "I can't believe it, because the fire was so close". What are officials telling people to do?

"Fuel. Ignition. Meteorology. Each component of the formula are off the charts this year", said Bill Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

How many people have been displaced?

Evacuation centers were opened at a high school and the county fairgrounds, media reported. The Rye fire erupted in Santa Clarita shortly before 10 a.m.

The fire started north of Santa Paula and burned into the Ventura city limits, pushed by strong east winds. One is fully contained while the Little Mountain fire, at 100 acres, is 0% contained. MacGowan's part is rich and raw, but it's Kirsty MacColl's gutsy voice that sells the thing. Authorities have also pressed helicopters into service to douse the vast spreading fire. There are high winds, with gusts over 60-miles-per-hour coupled with extremely dry terrain. "This is not flat land, and some areas are inaccessible to get equipment to".

He said his grandmother is devastated the house is gone. I mean, we're kind of sticking around, seeing what's going to happen here. "This just shows us that there is no fire season anymore". "When all three elements in the equation are supersized, you're set up for apocalyptic conditions".

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Pollution Control District issued an air quality warning for the entire county Tuesday.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

"The embers from the trees were dropping on our cars", said Mary Robinson, a Ventura resident, who fled Monday night. He had just visited the house on Thanksgiving two weeks ago.

A San Francisco Fire Department strike team of 22 firefighters rushed to the Thomas Fire on five engines Tuesday.