All day yesterday, strong winds helped spread at least 5 different wildfires throughout Southern California.
Some of the wildfires are getting closer and closer to downtown Los Angeles. The city had to evacuate about 200,000 people last night. 180 structures around the area have been destroyed so far. Hundreds of homes have been burned up. California Governor Jerry Brown declared an emergency for Los Angeles and its neighboring area, Ventura County. This will allow the cities to use state funding for rescue and repairs. National Guard is providing some support as well.
There have not been any additional deaths reported. However, the officials say that if anyone gets an order to evacuate, they should do so before it is too late. The police have been going door-to-door urging residents around SoCal to evacuate.
The biggest wildfire, the Thomas fire, spread so fast that it burned up about 78 square miles in just 19 hours. More than 1,000 firefighters are battling just the Thomas fire. There are other firefighters still trying to contain other smaller fires. They say the wildfires are still not under control. A few firemen were injured fighting the wildfire. Nevertheless, they say they will not give up.