A dramatic cell phone video along a busy Los Angeles freeway shows the flames of a forest fire burning along the hillside early Wednesday. Authorities say hundreds of structures were lost in forest fires throughout Southern California. (6th of December)
VENTURA, Calif. – The unpredictable fire that devastated Ventura and led to the evacuation of tens of thousands throughout the county became even more erratic on Wednesday when it jumped off the highway and headed straight for the ocean.  Growing at 90,000 acres, or 140.6 square miles, on Wednesday night, the Thomas fire caused more mandatory evacuations in the neighborhoods from Santa Paula to La Conchita, as well as in Santa Barbara, where officials issued a mandatory evacuation to approximately 300 residents. Last Tuesday, the blazing fire crossed Highway 101 in Solimar Beach, north of Ventura, and nearly doubled the number of residents under evacuation orders to 50,000.
Ventura County is northwest of Los Angeles.
"All fighter jets available in the country for the use of California while we speak," said Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott.
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The fire that started on Monday night in Santa Paula changed and grew by the hour in changing wind conditions. The firemen have not been able to obtain a true control of the flames, with a containment of 5%.
"When we have opportunities, when the winds have stopped, we direct firefighting in the line of fire and try to contain ourselves a bit," said Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen.
But that will depend only from the Santa Ana winds, which the authorities anticipate will be extremely strong on Thursday and will continue until Saturday, and conditions are expected to be dry, with humidity in a single digit.
Pimlott said he fears the winds they can gain speeds of up to 80 mph.
"There will be no capacity to fight fires in this type of wind. This will be a matter of evacuation and of getting people out of any fire that starts in these kinds of conditions," Pimlott said.
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