Saturday, December 26, 2015

California wildfire forces highway closures and evacuations


A wildfire that started Friday night has burned about 1,200 acres in California.

The fire — which started at about 11 p.m. PT Christmas night — forced officials to close parts of Highway 101 and the Pacific Coast Highway, about 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Drivers had started turning around and heading the opposite direction on the wrong side of the 101 after encountering the fire, Ventura County officials said during a press conference.

By 9:30 a.m. PT, the fire was about 10% contained and more than 600 firefighters had been deployed to get the brushfire under control. Residents of Solimar Beach and campgrounds in the surrounding areas have been evacuated, with other areas facing a voluntary evacuation. Read more...

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