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Multiple fires are raging in Southern California. A series of Santa Ana wind-driven wildfires have destroyed hundreds of structures, forced thousands to flee and smothered the region with smoke in what officials predicted would be a pitched battle for days.

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Before-and-after images of the devastating fires in Southern California

 (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times, left; Google Earth)
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times, left; Google Earth)

A series of Santa-Ana-wind-driven wildfires raging across Southern California have destroyed at least 180 structures, forcing thousands to flee and filling the region with smoke. Much of the reported structural damage has been in Ventura County, where the Thomas fire has already burned 65,000 acres. The fire jumped the 101 Freeway the evening of Dec. 5, threatening coastal towns. Here’s where some of the damage has occurred so far.

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