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more evacuations ordered in thomas fire as crews fight to protect ojai amid 'weird wind pattern'

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more evacuations ordered in thomas fire as crews fight to protect ojai amid 'weird wind pattern'

crews battling a massive wildfire that has caused tens of thousands of ventura county residents to flee are bracing themselves for a day of heavy winds thursday, when forecasters predict fire-stoking gusts of up to 80 mph.by wednesday evening, the thomas fire had scorched about 90,000 acres and carved a path of destruction that stretches more than 10 miles from santa paula to the pacific ocean.as flames raged toward neighborhoods in ojai, carpenteria and fillmore late wednesday, officials issued new evacuation orders in ojai valley, notifying residents with an emergency cellphone alert. authorities said they were helping residents of five assisted-living facilities evacuate, while people at ojai hospital were advised to shelter in place.“it’s definitely moving,” ventura county sheriff’s capt. garo kuredjian said of the fire. “forecasters were correct in terms of the wind forecast for tonight — it’s much windier than it was yesterday.”the fire is burning on the north and east side of highway 150 and on the west side of highway 33.“it’s a weird wind pattern,” kuredjian said.authorities had already expanded mandatory evacuation orders hours earlier in east ojai after flames rolled down slopes about four miles north of downtown. residents crowded street corners and gas stations downtown to watch the flames, wondering if they were going to be forced to leave.“it looks pretty bad up there, but as of right now we have not lost any structures in the city of oj...