Hundreds of homes burned in the area during the famous Bel Air Fire of 1961. Firefighters were struggling to keep flames away from the bucolic Ojai Valley, according to state fire officials.
The water-dropping planes and helicopters essential to taming and containing wildfires have been mostly grounded because it's too unsafe to fly them in the strong wind.
Wind gusts were forecast to top out at 115km/h today, and remain strong through the week.
A man walks among the ruins of a home destroyed by the Thomas Fire as smoke obscures the sky in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017.
About 500 firefighters were battling the fire that destroyed multiple structures, Ventura County said on its website. "Really, Mother Nature is going to decide".
The fire, which was entirely uncontained, was being whipped by unpredictable Santa Ana winds, which blow in from the California desert. It has spread so far, the Pacific Ocean may be the only thing keeping it in check. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency, has caused mass evacuations and destroyed buildings including a psychiatric hospital in the city of Ventura, 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The wildfire jumped the major artery U.S. Highway 101 to a rocky beach northwest of Ventura, bringing new evacuations, though officials said the sparse population and lack of vegetation in the area meant it was not overly unsafe, and the highway was not closed.
Dozens of homes have been destroyed in this view of the Thomas fire from helicopter on December 5, 2017, in Ventura County.
Campus senior Blake Knutson's family evacuated their Ventura home Tuesday morning.
Lord said the restaurant wasn't in immediate danger, but she anxious that the winds would pick up overnight. Dozens of houses in one neighborhood burned to the ground. While the chief concern right now is extinguishing the fires in Southern California and helping the victims recover from everything that's been lost, it's also a good time to refresh yourself with the basic tenets of fire safety in the wilderness or in nature, and advocate publicly for people to take them seriously.
"It is sad", Keasler said.
Operators said they remained on guard.
"Yesterday, (my mom) sent me pictures of houses across the street from her in flames right before she evacuated", said campus junior Madison Avrea, who grew up in Oak View and Ventura, in an email.
Fred Mariscal said Red Cross officials expect about 400 people at the shelter Tuesday night.
Additional evacuations were called for late on Wednesday in the Ventura area, where 50,000 people had already fled their homes over the last three days. "Do not wait. Leave your homes".
The Creek Fire was the second blaze to erupt. Hardly any measurable rain has fallen in the region over the past six months.