Mandatory evacuation orders are in place as of 17:49 (local time) on Friday, November 1, following the eruption of the Maria Fire in Ventura County (California State) in the evening of Thursday, October 31. As of 18:52 on Friday, the fire has burnt nearly 9000 acres (3642 hectares) and is 0 percent contained. Approximately 1300 firefighters are deployed to battle the fire and protect critical infrastructures. Local authorities have issued mandatory evacuation orders for areas south of Mountain Road, east of West Los Angeles Avenue, west of Balcom Canyon Road, and north of Highway 118. In Santa Paula, mandatory evacuation orders are in place south of Highway 126, east of Campanula Avenue, west of South Briggs Road, and north of Santa Clara River. Approximately 10,800 people are under evacuation orders, and around 2300 structures may be affected by the fire. Transport authorities have closed several roads in the area, including parts of South Mountain Road, Balcom Canyon Road, West La Loma Road, and Highway 118.
Officials are warning that the fire will likely spread in the coming hours, as strong winds carry the flames amid extreme red flag warnings that are in place until 18:00 on Saturday, November 2. Further evacuation orders, road closures, and power outages are possible in the vicinity of the wildfire over the near term. Up-to-date information on the fire and evacuation zones can be found on the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) website here.
California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency on Sunday, October 27, as wildfires burn across the state.
Individuals in Ventura County and other fire-threatened areas in wider California state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. evacuation notices, road closures), and exercise caution when traveling near the wildfire. Children and those with respiratory illness are advised to limit outdoor activity.
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