AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Christian school evacuated after California wildfires

Wed 06 Dec 2017
By Tola Mbakwe

Students at a US Christian college have been forced to evacuate their campus due to the raging California wildfires.

Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula said on its website that flames "came up to the very edge of the campus access road".

The school's 350 students were asked to go to their own homes or to those of faculty and staff.

The blaze, known as Thomas Fire, started on Monday evening and quickly spread to several homes.

While it caused extensive damage to trees and brush on the campus, it only left minor damage to the school's coffee shop patio.

The threat to the campus has subsided, but it has been left without power and has cancelled classes for the rest of the week.

Thomas Aquinas College has asked for prayers for the safety of all those affected by the fire.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
A wildfire continues to burn as its red glow is reflected on the beach Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. Raked by ferocious Santa Ana winds, explosive wildfires northwest of Los Angeles and in the city's foothills burned a psychiatric hospital and scores of homes Tuesday and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.


The California wildfires have destroyed 200 homes prompted evacuation orders for at least 150,000 people.

At least two people have been injured.

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