Southern California wildfires burn with little containment as conditions worsen

Firefighters across Southern California are dealing with four major fires, and no help from brutal Santa Ana winds expected to continue fanning the flames into Thursday.

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The weather is not cooperating with the hundreds of officials trying to contain the fires in the region. Red flag warnings have been extended across much of Southern California through Saturday and high winds warnings are in effect for mountains and valleys in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Sustained winds were gusting to 66 mph at Boney Mountain in Ventura County, according to the National Weather Service. Winds could gust to 80 mph in the early hours of Thursday, causing embers to spread even more. Much of Southern California is also experiencing humidity levels in the teens or even single digits.

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Sustained winds in Southern California were expected to be from the mid-20s up to the 40-mph range, with gusts of 60 mph or more Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

Authorities are dealing with four major fires, as well as a smaller one in San Bernardino, which is 100 percent contained according to Cal Fire.

The Thomas fire, which was the first to break out, has already consumed about 100,000 acres, and is expected to intensify due to the increasing winds. The Skirball fire is the smallest of the wildfires currently, but its threat to heavily populated areas of Los Angeles has drawn widespread attention. The Creek fire and Rye fire also continue to burn Thursday with little containment.

All Los Angeles Unified School District schools in the San Fernando Valley, as well as 17 schools on L.A.’s west side, was closed through Friday. At least 265 schools have been closed. UCLA also cancelled classes on Thursday due to the Skirball fire.

Thomas fire

The Thomas fire in Ventura County, the largest of the four fires,…

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