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fire crews fight to protect ojai; hundreds of homes are feared lost in ventura county

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fire crews fight to protect ojai; hundreds of homes are feared lost in ventura county

the fire that burned a path of destruction through ventura county reached the pacific ocean on tuesday night, with officials expecting that hundreds more homes had been lost in a blaze that continues to rage out of control.the fire has consumed at least 65,500 acres, pushed by relentless santa ana winds that are expected to continue through thursday.the focus wednesday, officials said, was keeping the fire out of the ojai valley while assessing the devastation in the cities of ventura and santa paula.about 12,000 homes remain threatened by flames, while 50,000 people have been forced to flee. gov. jerry brown declared a state of emergency, as approximately 1,100 personnel continued to battle the blaze. at least one firefighter has been injured.the fire was the worst of several major blazes across southern california, including one in bel-air that closed the 405 freeway on wednesday, one in angeles national forest near sylmar and another in the santa clarita valley.at least 150 structures — including one large apartment complex and the vistadel mar hospital, a psychiatric facility — were consumed by flames. but cal fire suspects the true number is hundreds more; firefighters just haven’t been able to get into areas to know for sure.fire officials on wednesday stressed the importance of keeping the thomas fire out of ojai.cal fire operations chief mark higgins instructed crews on the west end of the fire to “construct as much of direct lines as you possibly can,” to i...