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Simi Valley, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County, and Ventura counties under evacuation orders because of heat wave

Simi Valley, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County, and Ventura counties under evacuation orders because of heat wave

Heat wave reaches ‘the tail end’ in Southern California

The extreme heat wave gripping Southern California has prompted a mandatory evacuation for the city of Simi Valley to the city of Pasadena, according to officials.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Simi Valley spokeswoman Janine Robinson said.

Simi Valley’s main street was deserted as temperatures soared to more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

Robinson said that because of the heat wave, the fire department was called early Wednesday morning to the area. Emergency officials spent the day hosing down firefighting aircraft and equipment and helping residents, both those who were evacuated and those who remained in the homes of those evacuated.

Simi Valley officials said they don’t know how many people have been evacuated.

About 130,000 people in the Los Angeles and Ventura counties are under evacuation orders because of the heat, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Safety.

A fire at the Del Amo Fashion Park on the north end of the 405 Freeway and in Arcadia early Wednesday forced residents to flee, officials said. Several businesses were evacuated, and about 500 people were displaced, officials said.

A fire also broke out at Simi Valley Airport on Wednesday, forcing the airport to close and ground all inbound flights. The airport said it will be closed until further notice.

The county fire chief said the air quality was getting worse as the afternoon winds pick up.

“This air quality is not healthy,” Lt. Ray Suarez said. “It’s probably worse than what a lot of counties in other parts of the state are going through.”

Suarez said fire crews have had to work to cool down aircraft as they tried to cool down the airport. “They are working hard to cool down the airplanes and maintain the air quality,” he said. “The air quality is getting worse.”

A fire was also reported in Simi Valley, which caused some streets to be closed and prompted evacuations for some homeowners.

The hot temperatures were expected to continue through the night.

This story, “Hot temperatures, high heat, heat wave push Southern California evacuations ” was originally published by Computerworld.

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