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Central Coast firefighters help battle blaze in Southern California

SALINAS, Calif. - UPDATE: 12/5/2017 12:40 p.m. As a third Southern California wildfire has broken out on the northern edge of Los Angeles, dozens of firefighters from the Central Coast are on their way to help battle the flames. 

A wildfire burning about 45,000 acres in the Southern California city of Ventura on Monday night and Tuesday with explosive speed, destroyed dozens of buildings and forced thousands people to evacuate.

The fast-moving fire -- the largest of several wind-driven blazes in Southern California -- forced sheriff's deputies to knock on doors to warn residents to evacuate in the dark. About 150 buildings, including homes and an evacuated Ventura hospital, have been destroyed.

The California Office of Emergency Services said hundreds of emergency crews from across the state are sending help.

Fire officials in San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Cruz Counties said dozens of firefighters left the Central Coast Tuesday to assist crews down south. Local assistance includes at least 55 firefighters from San Benito and Monterey Counties. The agencies sent more than 10 fire engines, one air tanker from Hollister's air base and an inmate strike team. 

Santa Cruz County also sent a strike team which includes firefighters from Watsonville, Scotts Valley, and Cal Fire-Felton.

At least two other wind-driven fires were burning in Southern California on Tuesday:

 The Creek Fire, which began Tuesday morning in the Hansen Dam area of Los Angeles County, has burned more than 4,000 acres. About 490 homes had been evacuated, including about 200 in a mobile home park in Sylmar, just north of Los Angeles, the county sheriff's office said.

Also in Los Angeles County, a fire began Monday night near Santa Clarita, a city of about 180,000 people just north of Los Angeles, officials said. It had burned 500 acres by late Tuesday morning.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared an emergency for Ventura County on Tuesday morning, freeing state resources such as the National Guard to support response efforts.

Here's a list of other Central Coast resources rolling into SoCal to assist with the Thomas Fire, Creek Fire, and Rye Fire:

Monterey County Operational Area

North County Fire Department

Monterey Fire Department

Monterey County Regional Fire District

Carmel Highlands Fire Protection Department

Seaside Fire Department

Santa Cruz County Operational Area

For a full list of assisting agencies click HERE. 

 


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