Around 1,100 firefighters have been deployed
An out-of-control fire raged through California’s Ventura County toward the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, forcing 27,000 people to flee their homes
The blaze, northwest of Los Angeles, has scorched more than 50,000 acres on its journey to the ocean, and thousands of homes are at risk, reports the Los Angeles Times.
CNN says the flames spread with “explosive speed”, forcing thousands to evacuate in the dark.
State governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency as around 1,100 firefighters battle the wildfire.
%u201CA raging inferno%u201D: CNN%u2019s @pvercammencnn reports from Ventura, California, where wildfires have spread with explosive speed to 31,000 acres, forcing thousands to evacuate in the dark.
— CNN (@CNN) December 5, 2017
The fire began late on Monday near Santa Paula, a city about 60 miles northwest of LA.
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the blaze “caught Californians off guard” as the region’s wildfire season “typically ends in September”.