Officials said a fast-moving and wind-fueled fire has burned about 50 acres in the foothills of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, a city in Ventura County, California, the Los Angeles Times reported. The firefighters got in place shortly before 7 p.m. local time (10 p.m. EST) to protect the houses along Highway 150, which is just north of Santa Paula.
According to Stan Ziegler, Ventura County Fire Captain, no evacuations had been ordered and the blaze was reported around 6:25 p.m. local time (9:25 p.m. EST).
The fire department has also staffed 100 extra firefighters in anticipation of strong winds, which triggered a red flag warning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Ziegler added they were prepared for the event.
“This is exactly what we have prepared for. This is not a surprise by any means.”
The fire has been dubbed “Thomas Fire,” an ABC owned-and-operated television station, WLS-TV reported. The reason for the name has not been reported.
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