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Erin Donalson/iStock(SANTA PAULA, Calif.) — A new wildfire named the Maria Fire erupted in Southern California overnight, and as crews battled the fierce flames Friday, the fire chief warned that “the end is not yet in sight.” The Maria Fire broke out in Santa Paula in Ventura County shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday. As winds gusted to 30 mph early Friday, the blaze grew to over 8,700 acres. The fire closed schools and forced about 8,000 residents to evacuate.The fire is 0% contained.“It has been an uphill battle ever since,” Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said Friday afternoon. “The end is not yet in sight.”As the Maria Fire threatened homes, power lines and avocado and citrus orchards, first responders and homeowners took to rooftops to try to beat back the walls of flames.Aaron Lewis’ parents live in the area impacted by the Maria Fire and his family runs an orchard there. Lewis said he’s grateful his parents’ home survived, but “the fire completely burned through” the family’s property.Lewis told ABC News the fire was about 1 mile away from his family’s field Thursday night and there was “zero wind.” But then the winds picked up, and within 10 to 15 minutes, “it was already on top of our property,” he said.“At first it was just kind of creeping along, then the flames grew higher and higher,” he said. “It’s kind of a complete rebuild.”Lewis said a neighbor’s house wasn’t so lucky and was “fully engulfed” within minutes. “It was 300 yards away until fully engulfed in maybe five minutes,” he said. “If someone was actually at that house they would’ve had to run for their lives.”Hundreds of firefighters, who have been working around the clock, swarmed the scene.“They said they were on their eighth day straight,” Lewis said. “They did a fantastic job of making sure everyone was safe.”The Maria Fire came during the last gasps of this week’s extreme Santa Ana wind event. More than 10 fires erupted in Southern California just this week.While critical fire weather conditions remain in Southern California Friday, with gusts reaching 35 mph, the winds will not be nearly as strong as they were on Wednesday and Thursday.All remaining red flag warnings will expire at 6 p.m. PT Friday. Red flag warning may be extended into Saturday afternoon.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? SORRY The Merseyside outfit sit 11th in the Premier League table having won just two of their seven games so far, and although Silva has been praised for getting his team playing some excellent attacking football, they remain one of the poorest defensive sides in the division.Specific criticism has been aimed at Silva for his team’s inability to defend set-pieces – a criticism also levelled at him while Watford manager last season.Silva has not been helped by the continuing injury problems of two of his summer signings; neither Andre Gomes nor Yerry Mina have featured for Everton this season since their moves from Barcelona, as they respectively deal with a hamstring injury and a foot problem. predicted Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Everton have won just two league games this season with Silva struggling guide the team to consistent performances Everton fans are still undecided as to whether manager Marco Silva is the right man for the job, according to club hero Leon Osman.Silva, the Portuguese, was appointed Toffees boss earlier this year, but it’s not been an easy ride for him so far. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 silverware How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 2 changes Most read in Premier League Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City revealed 2 latest tense England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won These issues have made fans more lenient towards Silva, knowing he is being hurt by things out of his control, but there are still issues he could solve but has failed to.And this is why, according to Everton hero Leon Osman, there has yet to be universal backing and support for Silva from the club’s supporters.“I think the jury’s still out, if I’m completely honest,” Osman told talkSPORT’s Weekend Sports Breakfast.“The attacking football we are seeing now is much, much better, and everyone is pleased with that. Everton secured Silva in the summer, months after their attempt to poach him from Watford resulted in the Hornets taking legal action against the Goodison Park club whoops “But we are still conceding sloppy goals, we are not convincing away from home, we’re conceding from set-pieces… so there are a lot of people still undecided.“But he’s only a short time into his reign and things don’t happen overnight.”