Current Santa Ana Wind conditions from a NOAA map, based upon weather models and satellite images.
It is December and even though snow is flying in the Midwest a large wildfire is raging in Southern California. This high wind-driven wildfire blazing in Ventura County, California has caused serious damage burned over 45,000 acres, destroyed at least 150 structures and has left one firefighter hospitalized. A red flag warning had been in effect before the blaze started due to the hot, dry Santa Anna wind conditions that are expected to last through Thursday. According to recent news reports, the fire has led to the evacuation of thousands and caused the destruction of at least one apartment building, and a psychiatric hospital.
The fire called the Thomas Fire, started at about 7 am around California State Highway 150. Schools have been closed in areas close to the fire including, Oxnard, Ventura, Hueneme and Santa Paula. Another effect of the wildfire is that it has left 260,000 Ventura and Santa Barbara Customers without electricity. Evacuation shelters have been set up for residents who have had to leave homes under a mandatory evacuation order.