The battle with out-of-control fires continued in Southern California


And it’s not all: additional 30,000 residents west of Mission Canyon to Highway 154 and south of Highway 192 to the county line were told to prepare to leave. The blaze has destroyed 524 structures and damaged 135 in the city of Ventura. The fire also consumed six structures on Sunday in beach town of Carpinteria, authorities said. In the city area is  avery dry vegetation that hasn’t burned in about 100 years. Many school districts in Santa Barbara County canceled classes Monday will be closed until after the New Year.

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Even it was outside the evacuation area and not in immediate danger, the Santa Barbara Zoo was closed to the public Sunday. At this time, six wildfires are across Southern California. At least 46 horses from 450 were killed at a thoroughbred training facility, San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall. The Thomas fire has forced 88,000 people to flee their homes and the cost of combating the fire was estimated at $25 million. Gov. Jerry Brown said climate change may exacerbate the weather conditions that caused the wildfires to explode.


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