Ferocious forest conflagrations in Ventura County in Southern California on Tuesday have forced more than 27,000 residents to flee the area to secure locations.

County firefighters struggle with the “multi event” that saw several other fires in the region force people to evacuate.

On Tuesday morning, a small fire in the county quickly went on a rampage, devouring everything in its path. By afternoon it had covered more than 50,000 acres.

The worst is not yet over.┬áVentura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said: “The prospects for containment are not good. Really, Mother Nature’s going to decide when we have the ability to put it out.”

The cause of the fire is still unknown. Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Ventura County. The conflagration is being called the Thomas Fire.

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