Additionally evacuations were ordered Thursday over the Los Angeles metropolitan spot as multiple wildfires continue steadily to rage uncontrolled.
Sustained winds on the Ventura spot reached 66 miles per hour, with gusts as huge as 85 miles per hour, the National Weather conditions Services reported Wednesday night, complementing the “intense wind behavior” LA County Fire Chief explained was expected throughout the night.
With at least 120,000 people already fleeing the fires by Wednesday, the overnight pass on of the Thomas Fire in Ventura and towards Santa Barbara caused officials to order further evacuations.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s office confirmed that 13 miles of coastal route 101 was closed due to the Thomas Fire, with no roadways open between Ventura and Santa Barbara. Officials explained the blaze was “actively burning on both sides of the highway and the median.”
KNBC anchor Whit Johnson tweeted a video tutorial of the Thomas Fire, calling it a “monster.”
The LA Unified School District announced the closure of hundreds of schools over the region. UCLA, Ventura College, LA Valley College, Cal Express University Channel Islands and Cal Express University Northridge canceled classes, with various closing the campus until even more notice.