PHOTOS: Thomas Fire burns in Ventura County

Thursday, December 07, 2017 05:29AM
A helicopter drops water while trying to keep a wildfire from jumping Santa Ana Road near Ventura, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Flames consume a home as a wildfire burns in Ojai, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
Brian Bromberg and Wendy Frank pose with one of the horses they rescued from their Ojai, Calif., home. They're calling their survival and that of their beloved horses a miracle. (Amanda Lee Myers/AP Photo)
Wendy Frank poses with one of her horses at the Ventura County Fairgrounds evacuation center in Ventura, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (Amanda Lee Myers/AP Photo)
A man rides his bicycle along the Pacific Coast Highway as thick smoke from a massive wildfire fills the air at Faria State Beach in Ventura, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (Jae C. Hong/AP Photo)
A helicopter drops water while battling the Thomas fire in Ojai, Calif., on Dec. 7. Ojai, a scenic mountain town, is known for its boutique hotels and New Age spiritual retreats. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
Firefighter Patrick Larsen, of San Luis Obispo, battles a wildfire in Ojai, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
Flames consume a structure as a wildfire burns in Casitas Springs, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
A group of horse rescuers who met on Facebook gather in a parking lot in Ojai, Calif., on Dec. 7. They estimate they've saved 100 horses. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
Paul Mattesich surveys damage at his Ventura, Calif., home on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. His family lost their house when a wildfire tore through their neighborhood on Colina Vista. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
Homes scorched by a wildfire line a hillside in Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
Smoke from the Thomas fire hangs over Ventura, Calif., as the sun rises on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
Paul Mattesich hands a jar to his wife Erica Mattesich while sifting through rubble at his family's Ventura, Calif., home following a wildfire on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
Bree Laubacher pauses while sifting through rubble at her Ventura, Calif., home following a wildfire on Dec. 6. A barbecue smoker and her son's batting cage survived the blaze. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
Rubble and burned vehicles line properties scorched by a wildfire on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
Paul and Erica Mattesich embrace before sifting through rubble at their Ventura home on Dec. 6. The family lost their house when the Thomas fire tore through their neighborhood. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
Flames from a wildfire leap above traffic on Highway 101 north of Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
A motorist watches flames from the Thomas fire leap above the roadway north of Ventura, on Dec. 6. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
Flames from the Thomas fire burn above a truck on Highway 101 north of Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
A volunteer passes supplies donated to Thomas fire evacuees in Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
A woman involved in a traffic accident waits to get towed beside a wall of flames on the 101 highway during the Thomas wildfire near Ventura, California on December 6, 2017. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy smoke covers the seaside enclave of Mondos Beach beside the 101 highway as flames reach the coast during the Thomas wildfire near Ventura, California on December 6, 2017. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke hangs in the air as a man crosses Main St. in Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
''Use caution on U/S 101 between Ventura and Santa Barbara. Fire is burning on both sides of the highway,'' the Ventura Co. Sheriff wrote on Twitter. (VENTURASHERIFF/Twitter)
The Ventura County Fire Department posted this photo to Twitter, urging those in impacted areas to evacuate as soon as possible. (Ventura Country Fire Dept./Twitter)
A woman cries as she covers her face near her destroyed home a wildfire swept through Ventura, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Daniel Dreifuss via AP)
Lisa Kermode said her family left their Ventura home as quickly as they could on Dec. 5. "We left. We grabbed nothing," she said Tuesday. "We lost everything." (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers)
A helicopter makes a water drop on hot spots after the Thomas fire swept through Ventura, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Daniel Dreifuss via AP)
A firefighter hoses down the remains of a destroyed home after the Thomas fire swept through Ventura, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Daniel Dreifuss via AP)
Flames and smoke shroud State Route 33 as a wildfire burns in Ventura, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Daniel Dreifuss via AP)
James and Josie Ralstin carry belongings from their Ventura, Calif., home as flames from a wildfire consume another residence on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A wildfire continues to burn as its red glow is reflected on the beach Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/AP Photo)
Firefighters gather in front of a residential area as a wildfire burns along the 101 Freeway Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/AP Photo)
A man watches flames consume a residence as a wildfire rages in Ventura, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)
A man rides his bike past a home consumed by a wildfire Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/AP Photo)
Flames consume a home on Via Arroyo as a wildfire rages in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A wildfire threatens a home Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A firefighter tries to keep flames from spreading while battling a wildfire in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Several homes are in ruins after the Thomas fire swept through Ventura, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Daniel Dreifuss via AP)
A firetruck passes burning vehicles as a wildfire rages in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Greg Smith stands amid the ruins of his home after the Thomas fire swept through Ventura, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Daniel Dreifuss via AP)
Flames rise as a home is consumed by a wildfire Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Flames rise near a home as a wildfire burns in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)
A man rides his bike past a home consumed by a wildfire Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Flames consume a home on Via Arroyo as a wildfire rages in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Flames consume vehicles as a wildfire rages in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
In this photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, firefighters work to put out a blaze burning homes early Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. (Ryan Cullom/Ventura County Fire Department via AP)
Flames rise near a home as a wildfire burns in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)
Smoke rises from the smoldering remains of a building at Vista Del Mar Hospital after the Thomas Fire swept through Ventura, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers)
Firefighters work to put out a blaze burning homes early Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 in Ventura, Calif. (Photo by Ventura City firefighter Preston Andreini)
Firefighters work to put out a blaze burning homes early Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 in Ventura, Calif. (Photo by Ventura City firefighter Preston Andreini)
Smoke rises behind a leveled apartment complex as a wildfire burns in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
In this photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, firefighters work to put out a blaze burning homes early Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, California. (Ryan Cullom/Ventura County Fire Department via AP)
In this photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, a firefighter works to put out a blaze early Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Santa Paula, California. (Ryan Cullom/Ventura County Fire Department via AP)
A home burns from the Thomas Fire in Ventura on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.
The Thomas Fire burns in Ventura on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.
The wind-driven Thomas Fire exploded to 26,000 acres with zero percent containment overnight Monday into early Tuesday morning, according to Ventura County fire officials.
A home is engulfed in flames from the Thomas Fire in Ventura on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.
A home charred by the Thomas Fire is seen smoldering in Ventura on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.
A car and a home charred by the Thomas Fire are seen in Ventura on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.
The Thomas Fire burns a home in Ventura on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.
The Thomas Fire burns a home in Ventura on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.
Flames from the Thomas Fire are seen burning trees in Ventura on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.
Side-by-side photos show an area near Wheeler Canyon Road in Ventura affected by the Thomas Fire on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.
Multiple homes in the area of Scenic Way Drive in Ventura could be seen burning from the air amid the Thomas Fire Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.
Fire rescue helisopters on scene and starting to drop water. (VenturaCoAirUnit)
Helicopter forced to land at Santa Paula Airport due to 50 +MPH winds. (VenturaCoAirUnit)
VENTURA, Calif. - The wind-driven Thomas Fire burned through Ventura County, destroying homes and forcing evacuations.

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