1 dead, thousands evacuating wildfire in Southern California

Thousands evacuate fires in So. CaliforiniaOne person has been killed and thousands are being forced to evacuate their homes as a fast-moving wildfire torches Southern California.

Authorities said the Thomas Fire had burned through more than 26,000 acres of land in the city of Ventura by early Tuesday. Multiple structures, including an apartment complex, have been destroyed by the flames so far.

Officials said at least one death in Ventura County has been reported, from an automobile accident that occurred as the victim tried to evacuate.

Firefighters are confronted by 50 mph winds that, accompanied with the intensity of the blaze, could make it difficult to contain.

"The prospects for containment are not good," Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said. "Really, mother nature is going to decide."