PHOTOS: Raging Wildfires Driven by High Winds Close 2 Scenic Coastal Highways in CA

PHOTOS: Raging Wildfires Driven by High Winds Close 2 Scenic Coastal Highways in CA

Early this morning, Highway 101 and the Pacific Coast Highway were both shut down due to raging wildfires driven by high winds. Winds gusting up to 60 mph swept across the landscape. The fire is 1,200 acres so far and rapidly expanding due to very dry undergrowth and arid conditions. You can put a lot of the blame for this at the feet of the EPA and Barack Obama, who have contributed mightily to the drought in California with overregulation. The fire began Friday at Solimar Beach, just 10 miles northwest of Venture. Ventura is 65 miles from Los Angeles. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued and beach communities are being emptied. If you’ve never experienced the terror of an oncoming fire, I can tell you from past experience it is horrific.

A fire is seen burning near the 101 freeway in Ventura county Calif.  (Photo: Marcel Hernandez, instagram.com/krillcounty)

A fire is seen burning near the 101 freeway in Ventura county Calif. (Photo: Marcel Hernandez, instagram.com/krillcounty)

From USA Today:

Fire officials said firefighters were battling a 900-acre brush fire fanned by gusty winds that began Friday in Solimar Beach, California and forced road closures.

Sections of California’s two scenic coastal routes — Highway 101 and the Pacific Coast Highway — were shut down west of Ventura early Saturday because of a rapidly expanding 1,200-acre wildfire driven by high winds, according to fire officials.

The Solimar Beach area, about 10 miles northwest of Ventura, was under mandatory evacuation orders and authorities also urged residents in nearby beach communities to leave the area, according to Capt. Mike Lindbery of the Ventura County Fire Department.

The fire began at about 10:30 Friday night. So far, around 30 homes are threatened off those scenic highways. The Union Pacific Railroad was also shut down in the area. More than 600 firefighters from various agencies, including Los Angeles County Fire Department and Cal Fire, worked to quell the flames along with help from helicopter water drops. The Orange County Fire Authority sent over a Type 3 Strike Team, consisting of five brush engines with 19 firefighters. The fire was 10 percent contained as of Saturday morning and was located about 6 miles northwest of Ventura, according to Cal Fire. The fast-moving blaze scorched hillsides near the beach and poses a threat to oil, gas, power and railroads. The cause of the blaze is still unknown, but this looks like a bad one. My prayers are with those in the path and affected by this fire.

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Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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