Ventura County Fire Shutters 101 Freeway For Time As Dangerous Winds Loom In SoCal

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The massive Thomas Fire that has been roaring through Ventura County north of Los Angeles grew overnight thanks to increasing winds and forced the temporary closure of the 101 Freeway early this morning between the coastal towns of Carpinteria and Ventura. That move for a time shut down all access to Santa Barbara from the city of Ventura; the freeway has just been reopened, according to the CHP. That fire has now reached 96,000 acres, and officials fear the worst wind…