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Los Angeles wildfires rage overnight as ‘extreme wind’ forces residents to flee homes

December 07
15:32 2017

Further evacuations were ordered Thursday across the Los Angeles metropolitan area as multiple wildfires continue to rage uncontrolled.

Sustained winds in the Ventura area reached 66 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 85 miles per hour, the National Weather Service reported Wednesday night, matching the “extreme wind behavior” Los Angeles County Fire Chief said was expected throughout the night.

With at least 120,000 people already fleeing the fires by Wednesday,the overnight spread of the Thomas Fire in Ventura and towards Santa Barbara caused officials to order further evacuations.

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