Thursday, February 22, 2018 | ePaper

BREAKING NEWS:

Emergency declared as wildfires rage near Los Angeles; thousands flee

  • Print


The fire in Ventura County to the west, known as the Thomas Fire prompted an emergency.

Reuters, Ventura County :
 Thousands of Californians north and west of Los Angeles fled their homes as two out-of-control wildfires spread rapidly overnight, fuelled by strong desert winds that hampered firefighters, officials said on Tuesday.
The fire in Ventura County to the west, known as the Thomas Fire, prompted California Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency after officials said 27,000 people were forced to evacuate and 45,500 acres and 150 buildings were destroyed.
"This fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got," Brown in issuing his emergency proclamation.
In the San Fernando Valley to the north, the so-called Creek Fire destroyed more than 4,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 2,500 homes and a convalescent centre north of Interstate 210. The highway remained open even as other roads were closed, officials said.
"We're chasing the fire, trying to get ahead of it, trying to get in front to provide structure defence," Los Angeles County Chief Deputy David Richardson told a briefing near the San Fernando Valley fire at the foothills of the Angeles National Forest.
Dry Santa Ana winds from the desert, which were forecast to top out at 70 miles per hour (115 km per hour) and remain strong through the week, intensified through the morning and limited the use of fire-fighting aircraft, Richardson said.
"Weather is going to dictate how and when we're going to utilize the aircraft," he said, adding that conditions made fire-fighting "extremely difficult."
One motorist was killed fleeing the blaze, a local ABC television affiliate reported. More than 250,000 homes lost power, a local power company said.
Due to the intensity of the fire, crews are having trouble making access and there are multiple reports of structures on fire," officials said on Ventura County's emergency management website.

More News For this Category

Trump backs improved background checks on gun buys

Trump backs improved background checks on gun buys

US President Donald Trump signaled support Monday for improving background gun checks amid mounting pressure for reform in the wake of the Florida school shooting, as the accused gunman appeared

Nepal wants to deepen ties with China: K P Oli

Nepal wants to deepen ties with China: K P Oli

PTI, Kathmandu : Nepal's new Prime Minister K P Oli has said he wants to deepen ties with China to explore more options and get more leverage in his dealings with

Maldives President seeks approval to extend state of emergency

Maldives President seeks approval to extend state of emergency

Reuters, Male :Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday sought parliamentary approval to extend a state of emergency by 30 days, saying a threat to national security had not diminished and

Iran teams find wreckage of plane in Zagros mountains

Iran teams find wreckage of plane in Zagros mountains

AFP, Tehran, Iran :Iranian search teams found the wreckage on Tuesday of a plane that went missing in the Zagros mountains two days earlier with 66 people on board, a

News In Brief

Trump endorses Romney in run for Utah Senate seatReuters, Washington President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's run for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah

US, S Korea to go ahead with Olympic-delayed drills

AFP, Seoul :The US and South Korea will go ahead with joint military drills after the Paralympics, both of them confirmed Tuesday, despite the exercises always infuriating Pyongyang and the

Palestinians stuck in `bad conditions` at Cairo airport

Palestinians stuck in `bad conditions` at Cairo airport

Al Jazeera News  :Some 160 Palestinians, who are heading back to the Gaza Strip, have been stuck in Cairo's airport for the last 13 days as Egyptian authorities deny

Pakistan's Imran Khan ties knot to 'Spiritual Adviser' in 3rd marriage

Pakistan's Imran Khan ties knot to 'Spiritual Adviser' in 3rd marriage

Reuters, Islamabad :Pakistani cricketer-turned-politican Imran Khan has tied the knot for the third time, his party said on Sunday, confirming his marriage to a woman local media call a

Thai ex-PM Thaksin calls for party unity ahead of promised election

Reuters, Bangkok :Fugitive former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra met lawmakers from his Puea Thai Party in Hong Kong where he called for party unity ahead of an approaching

Iran resumes hunt for missing plane with 66 on board

AFP  :Iranian rescue teams battled severe weather Monday as they searched for a passenger plane that disappeared high in the Zagros mountains the previous day with 66 people on