Wildfires have burned close to 120,000 acres across Southern California, spurred by unusually strong Santa Ana winds and dry terrain. The Thomas Fire, burning in Ventura County just northwest of Los Angeles, is the largest blaze, spanning more than 90,000 acres and prompting the mandatory evacuation of 100,000 residents; it has crossed the 101 Freeway and is only 5 percent contained. A separate fire sprung up early Wednesday morning in Bel-Air, a wealthy area of Los Angeles. As of Wednesday evening, that 475-acre blaze has destroyed four to six houses and damaged 11 structures; it is just 5 percent contained.
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