Hell Is Literally Breaking Loose in California – 15 Surreal Scenes
[ANTIMEDIA] While political fires burn across the U.S. in the form of Roy Moore, President Trump declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and the rising value of cryptocurrencies against a dying dollar, southern California is currently facing much more dangerous and imminent fires. The postcard scenery of the Golden State — or at least vast sections of its lower half — is in flames, and thousands of lives are in peril.
As of Wednesday morning, the hellish blaze in Ventura covers 65,000 acres with no signs of stopping, according to Cal Fire. More than 1,700 firefighters are working to extinguish the fire, which is now threatening 12,000 structures and over 100,000 lives. At least 150 structures have already been absorbed into the blaze, but possibly many more have been lost, according to officials. Over 150,000 people have been ordered to flee their homes, and the number of evacuees could continue to grow as only 5% of the fire has been contained.
With the flames raging in the Ventura area and already having consumed swaths of land, a new fire broke out Wednesday morning near the famous the Bel Air neighborhood on Los Angeles’ westside, prompting closures of the 405 freeway and putting some of the nation’s priciest homes in danger. The fire is threatening both the Skirball Museum and the Getty Museum.
Also in Los Angeles County, roughly 25 miles north of Bel Air, an 11,000-acre fire is burning in Tujunga, Sunland, and Sylmar and remains zero percent contained.
The images of the fires, particularly in Ventura, are devastating and heartbreaking. Much like the footage Americans viewed with the recent historic flooding in Houston, many people are becoming victims of nature in mere moments and losing everything they have ever known.
Below are scenes that provide a snapshot of the hell and lake of fire sweeping across southern California.
Not the typical morning commute… pic.twitter.com/kJIOQeqsIK
— A. Mutzabaugh CMT (@WLV_investor) December 6, 2017
Beautiful & dangerous. Our drive along US 101 as we make our way from the #Venturafire to a 5th fire now burning near the Getty. #CaliforniaWildfires pic.twitter.com/Brg7fHx02F
— Sara Sidner (@sarasidnerCNN) December 6, 2017
The intensity of the #ThomasFire, plus the wind, made it pretty much unstoppable, fire officials said. “The prospects for containment are not good” https://t.co/h2znfxQHTN pic.twitter.com/hST0kLd8VD
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 5, 2017
The fire is moving very quickly with the wind. #ThomasFire pic.twitter.com/PyiORCewEi
— Marcus Yam (@yamphoto) December 5, 2017
My friend Jim Bob Barnett took this photo last night from Ortega Hill in Summerland. Stay safe everyone! #ThomasFire pic.twitter.com/0bjKTuZeYC
— Ashley DeVan (@AshleyDeVan) December 5, 2017
Ferocious wind-driven Wildfires burn across Southern California
See more : https://t.co/ELYTCfoB1P#CaliforniaWildfires pic.twitter.com/Za3JaMVXT4
— Luis do Amaral (@LuisdoAmaral) December 6, 2017
The Ventura Botanical Garden…Gone! #ThomasFire pic.twitter.com/Kdws7ogIA9
— Senerey DeLosSantos (@KEYTNC3Senerey) December 5, 2017
BREAKING: Another brushfire! This is near the Getty Center. NB 405 closed at Bel Air Crest. #SkirballFire #NBCLA pic.twitter.com/UhRmsvXO48
— Rick Montanez (@RickNBCLA) December 6, 2017
Wildfire in California #ThomasFire (USA, 5 December 2017). pic.twitter.com/eh6zepTbFH
— #MeteoRussia (@MeteoRUSSIA) December 6, 2017
CA WILDFIRES – WHAT WE KNOW#ThomasFire
– 50,000 acres, 0% contained
– There are over 1000 fire fighters on scene with additional fire resources enroute
– There are currently approximately 100 Sheriff’s Office personnel, as well as law enforcement officers on scene pic.twitter.com/YW6Hi8VpqP
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) December 6, 2017
Driving through the valley of the shadow of death this morning, also known as the Sepulveda pass of the 405 where wildfires are raging. #abc7eyewitness #wildfires #SkirballFire pic.twitter.com/G6daomkw29
— Caitlin Oishi (@caitlinerin) December 6, 2017
The Sepulveda Pass/405 this morning around 5:30am en route to the airport. Never seen anything like it. Be safe, LA. #LAfire #SkirballFire #CreekFire pic.twitter.com/UJIWaRzsQb
— Ricktownmedia.com (@ricktown) December 6, 2017
— Rebecca Keegan (@ThatRebecca) December 6, 2017
Rarely have I seen a smoke plume that huge and thick on Terra imagery. #CaliforniaWildfires pic.twitter.com/IxVIOjcJkQ
— Dan Satterfield (@wildweatherdan) December 5, 2017
#ThomasFire as seen from my @SouthwestAir flight this morning. #VenturaFire #CaliforniaWildfires pic.twitter.com/rwLhQfExKj
— Troy Hooper (@WestCoastScribe) December 5, 2017