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Sea Of Flames Along Ventura County's Coastline

A sea of flames along Highway 101 between Ventura and Santa Barbara
The flames prompted mandatory evacuations for the beachfront homes in the area

The Thomas fire took yet another unusual twist, when it surfaced in the scenic mountains between Ventura and Carpinteria, created a miles long sea of flame.

The fire had moved west from Ventura through some inland mountains, but early Tuesday evening the flames moved south, even jumping Highway 101 and almost making it to the ocean.  The Coast Highway gave firefighters a wide break to protect homes on the ocean side of the freeway from the flames.

At time, the flames kicked up 50 feet in the air, created huge orange pyres.  The fire prompted mandatory evacuations for the beachfront homes.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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