California Wildfires

California Wildfires

Capt. Brendan Ripley, a fire behavior analyst for the Ventura County Fire Department, talks about fire and Ventura history at an evacuation center for people fleeing the Thomas fire, at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Like many of the places that have seen repeated catastrophic fires, such as Malibu or Bel-Air, which continued to smolder from a fire that destroyed four homes Wednesday, it is an alluring place to live but one that is also prone to burn. "Part of it is the natural beauty of the area," said Ripley. "The brush-covered hills, the rock formations, the steep terrain ... all of that helps to promote very active fire behavior." (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers)

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December 07, 2017 05:26:27 AM
December 07, 2017 10:26:13 PM
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