Transcript for So. Cal. fire danger prompts widespread wind emergency alert
As I mentioned, I spoke a short time ago with the fire chief right here in Ventura county. I asked him what he's most worried about going into the evening tonight, and how long these fires could actually last. And his answer was alarming. What's your concern going into tonight? Really, it's the winds right now. Mother nature really decides when we're going to be able to put the fire out. So, right now, what we're doing is trying to stay ahead of it. Make sure we evacuate and protect structures. Reporter: What are they telling you to expect as far as the winds are concerned? We have gusts 40 to 60 miles an hour coming hard of the east. That pushes the fire really hard in a westerly direction. Reporter: We're talking about homes, apartment buildings? We expect that number is going to go up significantly. Reporter: There was a hospital? There was. Homes, people's livings destroyed. Reporter: Tonight, at least 150 strk Sures here in Ventura county are destroyed. The fire chief telling me that number will go far higher. Assessment teams are og at this hour surveying the damage. You can see so many homes are wiped out by the fires. You can heard the winds behind us, and along the front of these homes, so afternoon you see what was the family car, completely melted. Aluminum here in the street. Look at this window. The glass completely melted over what was the backseat of this car. And everywhere you look in these neighborhoods we've traveled through, this is what you see. The front walkways leading right up to the front door that was once there. And as we walk beyond the front gate at this home, we see the same thing, over and over again. You can see here, stairs everywhere, stairs to nowhere now. How many more days do you foresee this being an active, multiple fire situation? Oh, shoot, in the absence of rain, I could see it easily going to Christmas. Reporter: Really? Yes. Reporter: And as we were there with the fire chief, an unexpected delivery. The Thompson girls, their home is okay. Thank you very much. Reporter: Show me what you brought for the firefighters here. So, we brought ham and cheese, Turkey and cheese. Reporter: Ham and cheese, Turkey and cheese. And we had peanut abutter and jelly, but they're gone. Reporter: These guys appreciate it. The Thompson sisters, a little ray of light for the firefighters working so hard here. You did hear that fire chief there talking about the Santa Ana winds and telling me there is a possibility these fires could be burning straight up through the holiday. They're looking at several days of winds and no rain for several days out.
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