SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) – A wind-whipped wildfire in Southern California has scorched 48 square miles, destroyed 150 structures and left one firefighter injured, and officials say winds are increasing.
Authorities say the blaze broke out Monday evening east of Santa Paula, which is about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
By early Tuesday, more than 27,000 people have been evacuated. It wasn’t clear if the structures burned were homes or businesses. There was no immediate word on the extent of the firefighter’s injury.
Earlier, evacuation orders were expanded to include homes in Ventura, a city with over 100,000 residents.
Officials say one person has died in an auto accident related to the fire, but did not give any details.
Southern California Edison says nearly 180,000 customers in the Ventura county area were without service.