Thousands of people of north of Los Angeles have been forced to flee their homes as a fast-moving wildfire rips through the area.

The fire which is quickly spreading and forcing the evacuation of at least 1,000 households across Ventura County took hold in the early evening in southern California’s Ventura County and burned 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) within a few hours.

The fire is believed to have broken out close to Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, some 50 miles (80km) north of Los Angeles, early on Monday evening. All 350 students and staff had been evacuated.

So far, one person is reported dead as a result road accident while trying to flee the fire, two buildings destroyed and thousands of homes are without power, according to reports.

One can still recall how about 2,000 structures were destroyed and people killed when fires ripped through parts of northern California’s wine region in October.

What could actually be going wrong? We pray for God to save and protect the lives of the people around that area.

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