The Santa Ana winds that flow through Southern California are some of the most treacherous in the world. Combine that with a blaze the Ventura County Fire Department named Easy-Fire you have an extremely dangerous situation at hand.
The wind was blowing steady and gusting up to 60mph. Which only increased the speed the fiery teeth chewed up the dry land. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum were saved today but thousands were forced to flee the surrounding area.
Helicopters flew as close to the fire as possible dumping water and fire retardant on the flames. The library compound was surrounded by Police and Fire vehicles ready for action encase the fireman couldn’t redirect the blaze.
6 a.m. is when the fire broke out. By 10 a.m the blaze had tippled in size spanning across 1,300 acres, placing 26,000 people in evacuation zones. Nearly 7,000 homes in the Simi Valley and Moorpark are threatened by ‘Easy-Fire’.
Assistant fire chief Chad Cook at a news conference had this to say;
“The fire outflanked us very rapidly today. I would say the next couple days could prove very busy for all fire resources in Southern California.”
See The Wildfires And Winds In Action
— Phil Misiowiec (@phil_misiowiec) October 30, 2019
The winds and fire at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley Wednesday morning pic.twitter.com/9cpHBIn7AU
— Tim Arango (@tarangoNYT) October 30, 2019
(Video is courtesy of YouTube and Simi Valley, source NY Times)