Firefighters battle the Thomas Fire as it burns along a hillside near homes in Santa Paula, northeast of Ventura, on Dec. 5, 2017.

Firefighters battle the Thomas Fire as it burns along a hillside near homes in Santa Paula, northeast of Ventura, on Dec. 5, 2017. (RINGO CHIU/AFP/Getty Images)

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Multiple destructive wildfires continue to rage in Southern California, fanned by the strongest Santa Ana winds L.A. and Ventura have experienced since 2012, according to the National Weather Service.

The largest fire is the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, which by early Tuesday afternoon had burned 50,000 acres and destroyed at least 150 structures. About 27,000 people were under evacuation orders.

Authorities reported zero percent containment on the Thomas Fire.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Tuesday morning.

Thomas Fire

Tim Walton on Twitter

I arrived in Ventura at 3am just as the wind was kicking up again, firefighters are performing rescues and saving as many homes as they can in conditions like this #thomasfire https://t.co/Iw8hRjGQyY

A house burns to the ground during the Thomas Fire in Ventura on Dec. 5, 2017.
A house burns to the ground during the Thomas Fire in Ventura on Dec. 5, 2017. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters try to knock down a burning house during the Thomas Fire in Ventura on Dec. 5, 2017.
Firefighters try to knock down a burning house during the Thomas Fire in Ventura on Dec. 5, 2017. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters spray water at the remains of an apartment complex destroyed by the Thomas Fire on Dec. 5, 2017 in Ventura.
Firefighters spray water at the remains of an apartment complex destroyed by the Thomas Fire on Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A resident walks in the remains of an apartment complex destroyed by the Thomas Fire in a residential neighborhood on Dec. 5, 2017 in Ventura.
A resident walks in the remains of an apartment complex destroyed by the Thomas Fire in a residential neighborhood on Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Smoke rises from the Thomas Fire on Dec. 5, 2017 in Ventura
Smoke rises from the Thomas Fire on Dec. 5, 2017 in Ventura (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Large plumes of smoke, the most prominent from the Thomas Fire, were clearly visible from space as captured by NASA’s Terra satellite:

NASA JPL on Twitter

A view of destruction from space: @NASA’s Terra satellite imaged smoke plumes as the #ThomasFire ravaged 50,000+ acres in Southern California in less than a day. #CreekFire and #RyeFire plumes are also visible. https://t.co/OVhD0HGDAI

Creek Fire

The Creek Fire, burning at the northern edge of the Fernando Valley, had consumed 11,000 acres and triggered mass evacuations as well as the closure of part of Interstate 210.

Authorities reported zero percent containment on the Creek Fire.

luis sinco on Twitter

Firefighters continue to battle the #CreekFire as dusk descends on #ShadowHills, where several homes have #burned to the ground. More than 11,000 acres #charred in one day.

Los Angeles Times on Twitter

The #CreekFire jumps the 210 Freeway at the Wheatland Ave. on-ramp in Sylmar. https://t.co/e7EtEcdpDK https://t.co/0JMKOiyKUN

LAFD Talk on Twitter

CreekFire On Wentworth St Be #ReadySetGo Check evac map https://t.co/RbNYbBiDRW If you are unsure what to do – evacuate Extreme wind conditions = Unpredicatble fire behavior https://t.co/elyOoXC0MN

Michael Dubron on Twitter

Making attempts to save as many structures as possible on #CreekFire @LACoFDPIO #LAWinds are extreme. @local1014 @CAFirefighters @IAFFNewsDesk #Teamwork by all units making monumental attempts to stop this @CalDisasters https://t.co/ZTuFuSf58I

Rye Fire

The 5,000-acre Rye Fire burning in Santa Clarita shut down a section of Interstate 5.

Authorities reported 5 percent containment on the Rye Fire.

ABC7 Eyewitness News on Twitter

BREAKING: #RyeFire in Santa Clarita grows to 5,000 acres; 5 percent contained https://t.co/fIIzWkKq57

The Rye Fire is burning near Six Flags Magic Mountain, prompting multiple Twitter users to share images of the amusement park backed by apocalyptic-looking smoke, flames and slurry drops from firefighting aircraft.

CAL FIRE on Twitter

RyeFire [update] off Rye Canyon Loop, west of Valencia (Los Angeles County) is now 5,000 acres and 5% contained.

The Gary & Dino Show on Twitter

Magic Mountain (photo by John Lazar) #RyeFire #ThomasFire

Gina Austin on Twitter

Magic Mountain #CreekFire #ThomasFire #RyeFire #California

Don Nadeau on Twitter

RT @BranJohansen What these pilots have been able to do in CRAZY wind conditions is amazing. This is a drop on the #RyeFire, which has now charred 5,000 acres. This drop helped protect a mobile home park. @23ABCNews https://t.co/ypljBsfPvG

Austin Dave on Twitter

Big thanks to the @LACo_FD, @Angeles_NF firefighters, @SCVSHERIFF deputies and @CHP_Newhall units and other emergency crews who jumped into action and fought to keep Santa Clarita safe today. #RyeFire

PHOTOS: Destructive Fires Rage in Southern California 5 December,2017David Marks

  • Herrnhut

    Heavenly Father, in the name of your son, Jesus, I say to the wind, be still in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties for the rest of the week, now Amen.

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David Marks

David Marks is an interactive producer for KQED News and The California Report. He began as full-time interactive producer in 2015, after working as KQED’s audio archivist and promotions manager for Radio. Prior to that, David was an announcer and DJ at NPR member station KRCC in Colorado Springs. Reach him at dmarks@kqed.org.