On The Road Of Destruction To The Thomas Fire
LOS ANGELES — Here i am smoke everywhere.
It’s Monday morning at 10 a.m ., and I’m driving north up California’s famously stunning coastline towards the Thomas fire, the largest and most uncontrolled of five working massive wildfires that have brought devastation to Southern California for the past week. I can see the enormous gloomines ahead from 50 miles back — brown smoking hovering over the southern margin of a flame that had eaten a staggering 230, 000 acres so far.
I’m on my way to Ventura County, where the flame first began on Dec. 4 and from where it was ultimately grow into the fifth biggest in country history over the week that followed. Ventura is an iconic place, a once rugged beach township known for its citrus fruit farming and local surf places, so often overshadowed by its big neighbor, Los Angeles.