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SOCAL wildfire: Ventura blaze rages, 45,000 acres and growing, 27,000 evacuated

Over 150 structures have been consumed in a wildfire raging near Ventura, California. Crews are battling the blaze. The fire is being intensified by strong winds. It appears the flames overtook entire neighborhoods, as reports came in after daylight. As of 7AM  this morning, according to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Tim Lockwood., there was no containment and the winds are hampering efforts to head off the fire and rob it of a path to more fuel.

Around 7 a.m., the wind appeared to be pushing the fire east toward Camarillo and north toward Ojai, Lochman said.

The fire started near California State Highway 150 on Monday evening and spread into Santa Paula. From there, the fire followed Foothill Road from Santa Paula to Ventura, taking out homes and winding along canyons in the process.

On Tuesday, firefighters will continue trying to save homes in Ventura, where flames are actively burning. They face a red-flag wind advisory that notes ridgeline winds of 35 to 45 mph, with gusts up to 70 mph. Winds are expected to decrease somewhat in the afternoon, said Chad Cook, Ventura County Fire Department division chief.