Thomas Fire in Southern California joins list of destructive blazes in the state

Wind-whipped wildfires continued to blaze across Southern California on Wednesday. The Thomas Fire, which started Monday roughly 60 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, is by far the worst — now scorching 96,000 acres, destroying 150 structures and threatening at least 15,000 more. It’s also forced at least 50,000 people to evacuate, according to officials.

It’s currently unclear what sparked the Thomas Fire. At least one firefighter has been injured so far, but no fatalities have been reported yet. However, three people were reportedly burned by the Little Mountain fire in San Bernardino County on Tuesday.

What’s more, the so-called “Skirball Fire” erupted Wednesday, burning 500 acres so far and threatening many of the multimillion-dollar homes in Los Angeles’ Bel Air neighborhood. 

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