The first death related to the savage fire across southern California has been confirmed by state officials.
The body of a woman was found at a crash site along one the dozens of evacuation routes created by emergency workers.
Authorities said Virginia Pesola, 70, a resident of Santa Paula, had sustained ‘blunt force injuries with terminal smoke inhalation and thermal injuries’ following a crash on Wednesday.
Officials identified the only known victim of the #ThomasFire as 70 year-old Virginia Pesola. The cause of death was blunt force injuries, terminal smoke inhalation, and thermal injuries. https://t.co/OPCDlRjpGx pic.twitter.com/aJlGLKkdOf
— 89.3 KPCC (@KPCC) December 8, 2017
She was discovered early Saturday morning, CNN reports.
Massive fires spread across California on Wednesday, resulting in a state of emergency which led to mass evacuations and road closures around the area.
One of the fires spread through the hills above Ventura driven by 50mph winds, hundreds of buildings have burned down.
Not the typical morning commute… pic.twitter.com/kJIOQeqsIK
— A. Mutzabaugh CMT (@WLV_investor) December 6, 2017
More than 100,000 people from across the region have fled, and hundreds of schools in the region have had to close down because of the blaze.
This year has been the worst ever for fires in the region, and has been exacerbated by the increasing developments in dangerous areas.
The fires look set to rage on with the National Weather Service reporting ‘extreme fire danger’ for the foreseeable future.
In case you didn’t get an alert on your cell phone, authorities have issued an Emergency Alert advising of strong winds overnight creating extreme fire danger. pic.twitter.com/QG8YZ8QeaT
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) December 7, 2017
More extreme winds are expected in the region, which risk carrying embers and spread the fires into new regions – putting more people at risk.
The Los Angeles Police Department issued a phone alert to those in the area, warning residents in LA and the surrounding locales to be aware of strong winds creating a fire risk during the night.
They also posted to Twitter to ensure maximum awareness to try and combat the potential danger.
Film and TV productions have been put on hold, including for HBO’sWestworld, and fires have already reached the Bel Air area, causing serious damage to homes.
The Getty Centre have put in place all possible precautions to try and prevent against any loss of their exhibitions.
NBC Los Angeles have reported a total of 83,000 acres of land have been scorched in the blazes.
In the meantime, thousands of firefighters are working on the numerous fires in the area to contain the blazes and ensure no more damage is done to people’s homes and businesses.