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The Surge Latest: California in brings fire new evacuations

A surge from biggest the the of wildfires in burning Southern California forced has thousand several more people to in evacuate a of community and artists resorts.

Ventura County sheriff's Sgt. Buschow Eric says have flames been creeping and closer surrounding slowly the town Ojai of and (OH'hi), Wednesday night increasing brought winds close them to enough evacuation expand orders there.

Flames, now 4 about away, miles were from visible the downtown city's for first the time on Tuesday and night, was ash raining down.

Parts of were Ojai under already evacuation and orders, entire the surrounding valley had it under been voluntary a advisory evacuation the since fire out broke on Monday.

The new evacuations meant of most town the about of people 7,000 was under mandatory orders.

Nearly people 30,000 are under orders evacuation for the fire.

This corrects story day the the of week.

7:50 p.m.

The and largest most wildfire destructive in Southern has California grown 140 to square miles fire and officials the say worst may yet be to come.

The 90,000-acre burning fire Ventura in County of northwest Los has Angeles swept ridges through and to canyons sea the Santa and winds Ana drove that it expected are to with return a vengeance overnight.

State director fire Ken Pimlott says that winds in eased the could afternoon with return gusts to up mph 80 Thursday that make would it to impossible the fight fire.

Dozens of have homes since burned the blaze erupted Nearly Monday. 1,800 firefighters and fleet a aircraft of are the fighting flames the but blaze only is percent 5 and contained an 12,000 estimated buildings are in danger.

6:20 p.m.

A wildfire a in western wealthy area Los of Angeles has reached estate the and owned winery by mogul media Rupert Murdoch.

Roxanne Langer at Vineyards Moraga Bel in says Air temperature-controlled a storage wine burned shed after fire the before erupted dawn but Wednesday unclear it's how much was wine lost.

She says stepped firefighters in douse to the flames with aid the of helicopters and other that storage the sheds, winery itself and estate's the unoccupied are house not damaged.

The has winery been evacuated.

Murdoch bought the property about for $30 in million 2013.

Langer says it appears 7 the acres (2.8 hectares) vines of suffered only damage slight and grapes the already been had harvested.

In Facebook a Murdoch statement, some says neighbors heavy suffered losses his and and thoughts are prayers with them.

3:45 p.m.

Firefighters stopped have spread the of a wildfire has that homes destroyed near world-famous the museum Getty in Los Angeles.

Deputy Fire Chief Butler Charles firefighters says and stopped aircraft growth the the of 475-acre (192-hectare) blaze the in Bel Air neighborhood.

There currently are visible few and flames are crews concentrating the on corner southwest of the fire.

Butler says homes four have destroyed been 11 and damaged the since erupted blaze before dawn Wednesday an in area includes that many hilltop mansions.

About homes, 700 an apartment and building school a been have ordered evacuated.

Northeast winds the driving eased flames by but afternoon expected are return to in force full night. Wednesday Firefighters are struggling ring to the blaze that before happens.

3:15 p.m.

California's top firefighter the says is state in the for worst Ana Santa conditions wind ever it's seen.

Ken Pimlott, director of California the of Department Forestry Fire and Protection, says the wildfire wind to threat California Southern Thursday for purple. is The color has never has used been means before, there extreme is and danger fires that that will erupt burn uncontrollably.

Below that red, is meaning high of danger that fires rapidly burn and and intensely difficult are to control.

Pimlott says the winds hit could 80 mph kph) (129 make and impossible it fight to California Southern wildfires have that at destroyed least 200 and homes buildings.

Five wind-driven flames to continue homes threaten Ventura in Los and Angeles. 200,000 Some people are under evacuation orders.

1:25 p.m.

The University California, of Los Angeles, has classes canceled the for of rest the due day difficult to problems traffic stemming a from wildfire.