A rapidly growing wildfire in the foothills north of Los Angeles threatened thousands of homes on Monday and forced nearby residents and students at a small college to evacuate, officials said.
At least 27,000 residents from some 8,000 households in Ventura County, California, about 70 miles northwest of Los Angeles, were told to leave as the 45,000-acre wildfire, known as the Thomas Fire, burned dry brush, Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said Tuesday.
"We're going to be faced with basically the same challenges we had yesterday," Lorenzen told press. "We have extremely high winds, very very low relative humidities, and our fuel conditions out there are absolutely as bad as they could be for fire spread."
The Ventura County Fire Department tweeted a photo of a fire perimeter map Tuesday morning, saying it was the "most up to date" representation of the current burn area.