Thomas Fire Temporarily Closes Route 101 Near Ventura

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Powerful Santa Ana winds whipped the Thomas fire over Route 101 north of Ventura, California, on December 7, forcing officials to close the thoroughfare.

The closure left no open routes between Santa Barbara and Ventura counties early Thursday morning until the freeway was reopened at about 7am. Powerful winds caused the rapid fire growth but could diminish into the weekend. Credit: YouTube/Max Rosenberg via Storyful