Fires

Drivers capture intense video of Thomas Fire burning on both sides of Hwy. 101

The Thomas Fire burning near Highway 101 near the Seacliff exit north of Ventura. All lanes remained open in both directions as of Wednesday morning.
The Thomas Fire burning near Highway 101 near the Seacliff exit north of Ventura. All lanes remained open in both directions as of Wednesday morning.

Raked by ferocious Santa Ana winds, explosive wildfires northwest of Los Angeles and in the city's foothills burned a psychiatric hospital and scores of homes Tuesday, December 5, 2017, and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. The

On Tuesday night, the fast-moving Thomas Fire jumped Highway 101 in Ventura County, providing drivers with an eye-popping view of the blaze.

People driving on Highway 101 on Tuesday night posted videos of the fire as it encroached upon the freeway.

In this video from Twitter user Stephanie G., the flames can be seen burning right up to the road. In a reply to her tweet, she said the video had been taken near Amphitheater Road.

A Periscope video from photographer Ryan Cullom showed flames on either side of the highway, with cars still driving as usual in both directions.

As of Wednesday morning, with flames still visible on either side of the road, the freeway remains open in both directions, Caltrans said, sharing photos of the blaze near the Seacliff exit north of Ventura.

Fueled by Santa Ana winds, the Thomas Fire has scorched at least 65,000 acres and forced the evacuations of about 27,000 people.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

California's wildfires continued to spread under the influence of strong winds on Tuesday, so much so that animals were left behind to fend for themselves. At one point, a horse was even seen galloping across a highway in an attempt to save itself

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