1 Killed, 400,00 Without Power, Fast-Moving Brush Fire Threatens Homes In Santa Paula, Ventura Areas

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One person was killed as strong Santa Ana winds drove a very fast-moving fire late Monday night that forced many to evacuate and left many in the dark.  The flames tore through 31,000 acres, or 48.4 square miles, in a matter of hours.

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As the blaze spread from the hillsides above Santa Paula, down toward the small city and west to Ventura, thousands were forced to flee their homes,150 structures were destroyed and reports continued to come in about others on fire.

“Multiple structures are burning at this time,” said Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Rich Macklin about 3:30 a.m. PT.

He said they wouldn’t have information on how many or exactly where those structures were until later Tuesday morning. “I’m sure there are some homes burning,” he said.

Earlier, authorities said one person was killed while attempting to leave when a car overturned. A firefighter also was injured, Macklin said. He was taken to a hospital and was reported in stable condition.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: AP
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