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Wildfires raging in Southern California cap most destructive season in state history. Here’s why it’s so bad

By in Press Enterprise on December 6, 2017

By Susan Abram

Fanned by cold, fierce Santa Ana winds and fueled by dead trees and dry brush, wildfires raced across Southern California communities Tuesday, burning through thousands of acres from Ventura to San Bernardino counties and likely destroying far more than 200 homes.

The fires forced mass evacuations that clogged area freeways from the north and south, east and west, and the conditions are expected to remain dangerous through Thursday.

California once again was under siege in a now all-too-familiar 2017 battle with walls of flames.

  • A helicopter makes a water drop on hot spots after the Thomas fire swept through parts of Ventura County on Tuesday. Poor air quality from the fire in Ventura County led the Rams to cancel their scheduled Wednesday afternoon practice at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks. (Daniel Dreifuss via AP)

  • In this photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, firefighters work to put out a blaze burning homes early Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. Authorities said the blaze broke out Monday and grew wildly in the hours that followed, consuming vegetation that hasn't burned in decades. (Ryan Cullom/Ventura County Fire Department via AP)

    In this photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, firefighters work to put out a blaze burning homes early Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. Authorities said the blaze broke out Monday and grew wildly in the hours that followed, consuming vegetation that hasn’t burned in decades. (Ryan Cullom/Ventura County Fire Department via AP)

  • Skylar Fahlman waters the property surrounding her home as the Thomas Fire burns near Ventura Tuesday.(Photo by Andy Holzman/SCNG)

    Skylar Fahlman waters the property surrounding her home as the Thomas Fire burns near Ventura Tuesday.(Photo by Andy Holzman/SCNG)

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