Dec. 8 image from space of California fires  Photo Courtesy: NASA

 

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for California in response to wildfires that began Dec. 4 and still continue.

Trump’s authorized the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts, according to a news release.

The Thomas fire in Ventura County, north of Santa Paula, covered 132,000 acres was 10% contained the morning of Dec. 8, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

Six large wildfires covered 160,000 acres in Southern California, forcing 190,000 people from their homes, according to officials quoted by CNN.

Dry air and strong winds are forecast through Dec. 10.

Albert Munoz, San Diego County-based field representative for Mission Produce, Oxnard, said on Dec. 8 the Lilac fire near Fallbrook burned close to 4,000 to 5,000 acres Dec. 7. San Diego’s ABC Eyewitness 7 reported 65 structures were destroyed in the Lilac fire north of San Diego.

“We had some avocado acreage damaged, but they are still assessing it right now,” Munoz said.

High winds and dry vegetation spurred the fire’s spread, but Munoz said the Lilac fire on Dec. 8 had moved west to near Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. 

“I think the worst is over,” Munoz said, about the fire’s effect on avocado groves.
 

 
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