California Fires: Schwarzenegger Declares A State Of Emergency
Fires in Ventura County, California, that started yesterday have now escalated, prompting Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a state of emergency in the County today. Stronger winds are expected today after a relative quiet last night. Moreover, low humidity and high temperatures are adding to the problem. The fire is only 10% contained, and more evacuations are in order. Six hundred firefighters are battling the fire. No word on any damages or casualties yet. Fire officials suspect the fire was not an arson, but rather a spontaneous combustion.
The Guiberson fire, as it is called, is expected to grow to 10,000 acres, threatening a lot of infrastructure, including oil fields. This fire is very close to Moorpark College, where classes have been canceled today.
"It's dangerous because it moves so quickly you can really get caught off guard," said Ventura County Fire Capt. Ron Oatman. "Some of [the flames] are knee-high or less and you think you can walk out there, but it can just move so quick it can really outrun somebody, especially with that wind."
The state of emergency has also been declared in Los Angeles and Monterey counties.
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