Large Southern California Wildfire Prompts Evacuations

Evacuations are being ordered as strong Santa Ana winds fan a Southern California wildfire a few miles from the site of the mass shooting in the city of Thousand Oaks.

The fire erupted Thursday afternoon and the Ventura County Fire Department quickly ordered evacuations of the community of Camarillo Springs and a trailer park as the fire jumped U.S. 101.

The major artery has been shut down and cars and trucks are trying to turn around to get away from the flames.

More than 160 firefighters have been dispatched and eight air tankers have been ordered.

The gusty, withering Santa Ana winds blow from the interior toward the coast and have been involved in the spread of many of the region’s worst wildfires.

A large fire also is burning several hours north of San Francisco.

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