California Thomas Fire: Ventura Burns as Wind-Fueled Firestorm Spans Mountains to Ocean


Smoke rises into the night sky as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, December 4.Reuters
Emergency crews block a roadway as flames spread from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire near Ventura, California, Dec. 5, 2017.Reuters
Embers blow from a tree shortly before it fell down near burned cars as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, U.S., Dec. 5, 2017.Reuters
Firefighters battle flames against the night sky in California.Reuters
Coastal California's iconic palm trees go up in flames.Reuters
Officials have warned about burning embers capable of spreading across miles.Reuters
Before and after: Ventura's Hawaiian Gardens apartments were entirely consumed by the fire.Twitter / OfficiaIMarco
The Thomas Fire viewed from nearby Ojai.Ojai Green Coalition
The remains of a home are seen after it burned to the ground on December 5.Reuters
The Thomas Fire viewed from downtown Santa Paula.Reuters
Ventura policemen put out spot fires with their boots while checking a burning neighborhood.Reuters
Strong eastern winds pushed the fire toward the cities of Santa Paula and Ventura, where about 140,000 people live, county officials said.Reuters
A fire crew passes a burning home.Reuters
Farm animals try to keep away from the flames after an early-morning Creek Fire broke out in the Kagel Canyon area in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles,.Reuters
#PrayForSouthernCali: Some resorted to prayer as a means to cope with the devastating effects of the fire.Reuters
An aerial view of the Thomas Fire that was snapped by a social-media user.Twitter / Jamers818
The smoke and devastation could be seen from as far as Camarillo, Santa Barbara and surrounding cities.VCSO
"The fight continues on the #ThomasFire. Ventura Copter 7, Copter 8 & Santa Barbara 308 have been making drops all night. "Ventura County Air Unit