Southern California fires growing quickly, forcing thousands to evacuate

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November 12, 2018

ens of thousands fled their homes Tuesday as several incredibly fast-moving brush fires pushed by howling Santa Ana winds scorched parts of Southern California.

"Fires are breaking out across the so. Cal. Region... Be fire safe. Firefighters are working very hard to minimize damage to property. Evacuations are taking place in many places in Southern California," the Ventura County Fire Department tweeted. Unpredictable winds and extremely dry brush, victim of little rainfall over the past three months, fueled at least five blazes. 

In Los Angeles, at least 500 firefighters watched a fire go from 4,000 acres to 11,000 in a matter of hours."We simply don't know what this fire will do," Mayor Eric Garcetti said. 

To the west, the biggest blaze had zero containment and it had grown to 50,500 acres -- about 78 square miles -- in just 19 hours. Some homes were ablaze in the northernm part of Ventura, a city of more than 100,000 on the Pacific coast. More than a quarter of the city's residents had been told to get out. Visit www.cnn.com to read the full article. 

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