California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Ventura County, location of the largest of wildfires currently burning in the state.
The Thomas fire 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles ignited Monday evening near the city of Santa Paula.
Winds have pushed it west into the city of Ventura, where homes continued to burn Tuesday afternoon.
The governor says the fire is very dangerous and residents must be ready to evacuate if told to do so.
His emergency declaration sets in motion state firefighting assistance to local governments and suspends rules that might hinder recovery efforts after the fires are put out.
Source: Oc Register