Southern California is burning. The state’s worst fire season on record won’t let up.


Wildfires were galloping across at least two dense urban counties in Southern California on Tuesday, exacerbating what is already the state’s worst fire season ever.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported several uncontained fires as of Tuesday morning in Ventura County, home to 850,000, and Los Angeles County, with more than 10 million residents.

One of those is the Creek Fire near Sylmar, which has already burned through 2,500 acres since it ignited in the middle of the night, triggering evacuations.

Current perimeter of #CreekFire…burning to south and west …being pushed by Santa Ana winds

— Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti) December 5, 2017

Meanwhile, the Thomas Fire in Ventura has forced 27,000 people to flee after burning through 45,000 acres and 150 structures.

Trouble in Paradise: The #ThomasFire looming over Ventura as seen from #SantaBarbara this evening. Dangerous #SantaAna winds this week. #Ventura #SantaPaula #WildFire

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Firefighters are also working to contain the Riverdale Fire, which scorched 40 acres after it was ignited Monday afternoon by a man fleeing from Riverside County sheriff’s deputies.

Cal Fire helicopters take turn making water drop #RiverDaleFire

— Watchara Phomicinda (@watcharaphotog) December 4, 2017

Stiff seasonal Santa Ana winds with gusts reaching 70 mph are driving the flames of the active fires over hills and through dry brush, making it harder for the more than 1,000 deployed firefighters to contain the blazes.

This devastation has been years in the making, as Californians have kept building homes in high-risk areas. Meanwhile, record heat this summer following a wet winter left much of the state buried in dry kindling.

And there’s no relief in sight — the National Weather Service is reporting “extreme fire danger” through Thursday for the Los Angeles area from the longest and strongest Santa Ana event so far this season.

Damaging #SantaAnaWinds and very critical fire weather conditions today and again late Wed night-Thu. Main impacts include downed trees/powerlines, blowing dust, power outages, and very rapid fire spread. #LAWind #cawx

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) December 5, 2017

Tens of thousands of Californians had to flee flames and smoke from the deadly record wine country fires in the northern part of the state last month. The United States as a whole has suffered the second-worst fire season on record, with more than 9.1 million acres burned this year so far.

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