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Reports: Growing wildfires Los scorch threaten Angeles, tens thousands of of structures Southern in California

Several wildfires large have forced hundreds thousands of from homes their Southern in California, and persistent Ana Santa winds challenge will firefighters looking contain to the blazes.

The of largest five active the fires, Fire, Thomas began on Monday the near of town Paula Santa Ventura in County, It California. in exploded size the during overnight on hours Tuesday is and currently 96,000 acres five and contained. percent It threatening is structures 12,000 with already many destroyed.

In Angeles Los the County, Fire Creek Rye and have Fire 12,605 burned and acres 7,000 respectively. acres Both fires triggered orders evacuation road and according closures, the to Los Angeles Fire County Department.

On Wednesday morning, fourth a wildfire this erupted, near time 405 the in Freeway the Pass Speulvada section of Angeles. Los This is fire being called Skirball the Fire.

Santa Ana will winds continue to through whip Southern through California rest the of week, this threatening spread to these and blazes any fires new ignite that rapidly.

More and lives will homes threatened, be and living residents in Santa the Ana areas wind-prone should prepare for possibility the needing of to at evacuate moment's a notice.

"The winds make will difficult it to get support air to wildfires," these Senior AccuWeather Meteorologist Clark Ken "Helicopters said. may be able aid to firefighters, but the can winds more be problematic larger for aircraft."