California wildfire forces thousands to flee

The fast-moving fire has charred at least 25,000 acres of land, authorities said.
3:42 | 12/05/17

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president trump. That devastating wildfire spreading across California. A live look. Take a look. It is just tearing through Ventura county. It exploded from 50 acres for more than 31,000 and it did that in just hours. That is fast moving and overnight this fire has forced thousands of people to face mandatory evacuations. More than 100 buildings are completely destroyed. We're going to go to ABC's Marcus Moore in Ventura this morning. Good morning, Marcus. Reporter: Michael, the fire here is illuminating the sky in the city of Ventura. That is an apartment complex that has been burning this morning and it's not the only one. Look at this. This apartment complex also in flames after the Thomas fire continued to spread this morning and the fight to stop it is only just beginning. This morning, flames light up the sky in southern California's Ventura county. A massive wildfire roaring through these foothills recording wind gusts up to 68 miles per hour. The wind shifts is the biggest problem. Reporter: Blasting fiery embers down the street. Electrical lines going up in flames all as firefighters try to stop the spread. This group panicked as the flames start closing in. We need to get out of here as soon as possible. That fire is right there. Reporter: Mandatory evacuation orders in effect as thousands race to escape the flames. All of Ventura is on fire. All the streetlights are out. Ashes everywhere. No one knew what to do. My son is a firefighter and I'm not going to wait around for somebody to have to come rescue me so I'm out of here. Reporter: These flames continuing to spread to homes here in Ventura county. It is a heartbreaking thing to see. You've lived here 19 years. Uh-huh. This is home. But I don't know how much longer. Reporter: You have to leave your home. It's too frightening for me. Reporter: That fire captain stunned by the fire's speed. Rapid movement. This fire has moved as fast as any fire I've ever seen. Anybody home? Reporter: Police going door to door and emotions high as homeowners scramble whatever they can before leaving. I was in disbelief. In shock. That's all. That's all. You never expected somebody to come over the hills as it did. Reporter: Massive power outages to Santa Barbara. Nearly 200,000 people in the dark. This fire really has been burning out of control in some parts of Ventura county and daybreak will be critical because it will be the first opportunity that firefighters have to try to fight this thing from the air with helicopters, they haven't beenh able to do that overnight because of the darkness and also the strong winds, Michael. Those Santa Ana winds only expected to get worse. We can hear when you were talking to one of the ladies the wind. But you look awfully close to that fire yourself. Reporter: Michael, yeah, we are at a safe distance from the fires. They are all around us. Look on this hill. Greg, if you can take a look at that house, the flames are continuing to burn. This is something we were seeing all throughout Ventura and to think that this fire started at just 50 acres and has exploded to 31,000 acres and this is what we're seeing here throughout Ventura, certainly a difficult thing for residents to see as they will soon begin the process of trying to put their lives back together. All right, stay safe there, Marcus.

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