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Large-scale wildfire is raging near Los Angeles: evacuation announced

The fire that rages in California and dubbed the Erbes Fire, as of Thursday evening, January 14, burned about 250 acres (more than 101 hectares) of the territory, writes Fox News.

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A wildfire broke out in the city of Thousand Oaks in the Los Angeles area. Authorities said the fire, dubbed the Erbes Fire, reached residential buildings as winds blowing from the northeast directed the flames towards the houses.

Scott Thompson, a spokesman for the Ventura County fire department, said the department had deployed 10 fire trucks, two bulldozers and a helicopter to combat the disaster. In addition, the Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatched a team of five fire trucks to assist rescuers in the county.

Los Angeles Fire Department officials tweeted that they are sending 22 "mutual aid" employees to fight the fire element.

Videos posted on social media show a big fire.

The fire broke out on the north side of Airbes Road near Sunset Hills Boulevard at around 17:00 pm local time on January 14, according to the fire department.

Originally destroying about 30 acres (12 ha) of the area, the fire had spread to 250 acres (more than 101 ha) by 18:30 pm, fire officials said.

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When the fire broke out, high winds issued warnings in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Voluntary evacuations were in full swing in parts of Ventura County.

Fire officials later said the brigades had been successful in fighting the fire and had containment lines built around most of the fire.

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The National Weather Service (NWS) predicted wind gusts of 30-50 mph (48-80 km / h), which are expected to continue until the end of the day on Friday, January 15, authorities said. The firefighters stayed in place overnight.

Officials have yet to say what caused the fire.

Thousand Oaks is located 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Los Angeles.

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