California Reminds Us Fire Danger is Year Round
Ventura County, California – On Christmas evening a downed power line ignited a wind-driven brush fire that grew to over 1,200 acres. California Highway Patrol shut down a portion of the Pacific Coast Highway, and the 101 Freeway at State Route 33 as embers were reported on the freeway. The Pacific Coast Highway is a major route for motorists in Los Angeles, but also attracts millions of tourists with the stunning ocean views surrounded by a mountainous terrain. Both directions of the 101 Freeway as well as Pacific Coast Highway were reopened Saturday afternoon, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.
Updates from the fire came by way of twitter from the Ventura County Fire Department through the couple days.
— Capt Mike Lindbery (@VCFD_PIO) December 26, 2015
A small brush fire during December doesn’t seem like much of a threat, but we all need to be reminded that fire danger is year round. This little brush fire burned 1,250 acres as it was met with large winds that pulled in over 600 firefighters to the blaze, plus additional resources that arrived later. The Los Angeles Times reported the Union Pacific railroads were also temporarily closed. Around 50 residence were evacuated in the Solimar Beach area, and Faria Beach was under watch as the Red Cross of Ventura opened a shelter at the Vet’s Memorial Building for them. Homes were evacuated initially, but officials later said the structures were not in immediate danger.
— KTLA (@KTLA) December 26, 2015
Main Photo Credit – Newsweek – California Fire