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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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