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In pictures: SoCal Wildfires rage out of control

A motorists on Highway 101 watches flames from the Thomas fire leap above the roadway north of Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.
Noah Berger | AP

Multiple wildfires are raging out of control across Southern California, burning more than 100,000 acres in only a few days.

Fierce Santa Ana winds are whipping the fires with gusts up to 85 miles per hour.

At least 120,000 people have fled the fires, with officials across the Los Angeles area ordering further evacuations Thursday morning. Hundreds of schools are closed until further notice and multiple universities canceled classes for safety.

Creek Fire destruction

Firefighters battle to save one of many homes burning in an early-morning Creek Fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, in Sylmar, California, U.S., December 5, 2017.
Gene Blevins | Reuters

Firefighters battle the Creek Fire to save one of many homes burning in the Kagel Canyon area in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, in Sylmar.

Skirball Fire rages in Bel-Air

Flames are seen behind a Bel Air mansion threatened by the Skirball Fire in west Los Angeles, California on December 6, 2017.
Robyn Beck | AFP | Getty Images

Flames are seen behind a Bel-Air mansion threatened by the Skirball Fire in west Los Angeles.

Ventura homes reduced to ashes

Members of the Reinhardt family sort through the remains of their family home after the Thomas wildfire swept through Ventura, California on December 6, 2017.
Mark Ralston | AFP | Getty Images

Members of the Reinhardt family sort through the remains of their home after the Thomas Fire swept through Ventura.

Thomas Fire devastation

A firefighter sprays water at the remains of an apartment complex destroyed by the Thomas Fire on December 5, 2017 in Ventura, California.
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A firefighter sprays water at the remains of an apartment complex destroyed by the Thomas Fire.

View from space

A photo taken from the International Space Station and moved on social media by astronaut Randy Bresnik shows smoke rising from wildfire burning in Southern California, U.S., December 6, 2017.
@AstroKomrade | NASA | Reuters

A photo taken from the International Space Station by astronaut Randy Bresnik shows smoke spreading over the Pacific from a wildfire in Southern California on Wednesday.

Santa Ana winds fuel flames

Emergency crews block a roadway as flames spread from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire near Ventura, California, December 4, 2017.
Gene Blevins | Reuters

Emergency crews block a roadway as flames spread from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire near Ventura.

The 405 is closed

Interstate 405 is deserted after being closed during rush hour in an area near the Skirball Fire on December 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Mario Tama | Getty Images

A rare glimpse of a deserted Interstate 405 after it was closed during rush hour in an area near the Skirball Fire in Los Angeles.

Orange glow

The Thomas Fire burns along a hillside near Santa Paula, California, on December 5, 2017.
Kyle Grillot | AFP | Getty Images

The Thomas Fire burns along a hillside near Santa Paula, California.

Stamping out flareups

Firefighters hose down flareups at the two story Hawaiian Village Apartment complex that burnt to the ground during the Thomas wildfire in Ventura, California on December 5, 2017.
Mark Ralston | AFP | Getty Images

Firefighters hose down flareups at the two story Hawaiian Village Apartment complex that burnt to the ground by the Thomas Fire in Ventura.

Smoke filled streets

A family wears face masks as they walk through the smoke filled streets after the Thomas wildfire swept through Ventura, California on December 6, 2017.
Mark Ralston | AFP | Getty Images

Family members wear masks as they walk through the smoke-filled streets of Ventura.

Fighting flames from the air

A firefighting helicopter passes by the smoke covered sun during an early-morning Creek Fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles in Sylmar, California, U.S., December 5, 2017.
Gene Blevins | Reuters

A firefighting helicopter passes by the smoke-obscured sun over the Kagel Canyon area.

Firefighters fight to save homes

Firefighters battle to save one of many homes burning in an early-morning Creek Fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, in Sylmar, California, U.S., December 5, 2017.
Gene Blevins | Reuters

Firefighters battle to save one of many homes burning from the Creek Fire in the Kagel Canyon area.

Residents react

Local residents react as numerous homes burn on a hillside during a wind driven wildfire in Ventura, California, U.S., December 5, 2017.
Mike Blake | Reuters

Residents react as numerous homes burn on a hillside in Ventura.