Extreme South California Fires Expected to Get Worse

Weather.com Smoke from the Creek wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains looms up over Los Angeles Tuesday morning, Dec. 5, 2017 (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Since Monday afternoon thousands of people throughout southern California have had to evacuate their homes and 265 schools have been shut down.

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Fires were first reported in the mountains just north of Santa Paula, California, about 50 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. New York Times reported that a total of 116,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties combined have been affected by the four fires, Thomas, Skirball, Creek, and Rye. According to the National Weather Channel, out of the four fires, Ventura County, home to 110,000 residents, is getting hit the worst with fires reaching up to 140 square miles. "The prospects for containment are not good," said Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen at an early Tuesday morning briefing in regards to the growing Thomas Fire.

In the Bel-Air area, Skirball Fire has closed down one of Los Angeles’ busiest highway, Freeway 405, Wednesday morning. One resident, Lori Arkin told NBC News the first inkling she got that something was wrong came at 5 a.m. Wednesday when her husband's secretary called their home and told them to look outside. With no time to spare they gathered their belonging and fled from their home of 20 years. "You look from room to room, you see what makes your house a home, and you realize it's the people and the animals," she said.

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According to The National Weather Service Santa Ana wind conditions in LA and Ventura counties will challenge fire fighters to contain the fires well into into Saturday.