Ventura County underneath siege: 'It was like examination Rome burn'

The reports started entrance in a small after 9 p.m. Monday. A heat had erupted amid a oaks and dumpy in a hills north of Santa Paula.

Located on a southern corner of a Sespe Wilderness, a heat was named a Thomas heat for a vicinity to Thomas Aquinas College. Within hours — a embers driven westward on a gusts of a Santa Ana winds — it had reached Ventura, a dozen miles away.

Mark Patterson, 58, and his wife, Linda, 59, woke to a sound of pulsation on their front door. It was 1:15 a.m. No one was there, and during initial they suspicion it was a prank. But afterwards they could see abandon leaping over a ridgeline to a north. Gathering with neighbors in a street, they kept vigil, and by 4 that morning, a mountain was consumed.

Standing in their driveway, feeling a feverishness of a flames, they knew they had to evacuate. But initial they gathering to a church where Patterson is a lead pastor. It was safe, though there were some-more fires downtown, and a huge unit formidable — Hawaiian Village, famous for a views over a city to a sea — was engulfed in flames.

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