Southern California wildfires force mass evacuations in Los Angeles

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       Thousands forced to flee California wildfires

By Tuesday morning, the Thomas Fire had burned into Ventura, a city of more than 105,000 residents located about 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles on Highway 101.

In the hours before sunrise, wildfire embers fueled by strong Santa Ana winds shot up into the air above traffic, creating a fiery hellscape that heated drivers' windows and temporarily shut down the interstate.

The fast-moving brush fire started around 5am local time on Wednesday near the Getty Center. The fire, which caused Gov.

The Thomas Fire has destroyed more than 150 homes and threatened thousands more in Ventura.

Over 1,000 firefighters battled to save homes, with one suffering a minor injury, he added.

Patrick Clensay says, "It was roaring toward us faster than anything we could ever imagine".

Chef and restaurateur José Andrés, whose World Central Kitchen organized chef volunteers and donations to serve more than 3 million meals to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, in a tweet indicated that his crew was on the way to Los Angeles to work with the Red Cross to feed those displaced by fire.

California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Ventura County, promising to attack the fire "with all we've got".

People watch as firefighters fight to save multimillion-dollar homes along Cobblestone Drive after a fast-moving fire swept into Ventura.

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Additional evacuations were called for late on Wednesday in the Ventura area, where 50,000 people had already fled their homes over the last three days. Three firefighters were injured and hospitalized in stable condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

"The public did an outstanding job heeding our evacuation orders, getting out of these danger zones in a very prompt timely manner", Welsbie said.

The Little Mountain Fire broke out about 12:28 p.m. Tuesday on a hill behind a strip mall south of California State University San Bernardino, and spread to 100 acres by the afternoon.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, has not named any potential causes for the fires, which erupted Monday evening.

Flames burned a wine storage shed at media mogul Rupert Murdoch's 16-acre (6.5-hectare) Moraga Vineyards estate and appeared to have damaged about 7 acres (2.8 hectares) of vines, a spokeswoman said.

Once again, thousands are fleeing wildfires in California.

Winds will gradually weaken Friday and Saturday, officials said.

The flames have swallowed about 80,000 acres (32,000 hectares) in just over a day since the "Thomas" fire, now the state's largest, broke out, leaving at least one person dead in an area about 45 minutes' drive from downtown LA.

One of the wildfires may have finally met its match, though.

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