Nearly 200,000 civilians have been evacuated from their homes in Southern California as firefighters battle several raging wildfires, multiple sources have confirmed.
On Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego after a new blaze spread from 10 acres to 4,100 acres just in a few hours.
Three firefighters have reportedly been injured and about 500 buildings destroyed. One death has been reported as a woman's body was found in a burned-out area in Ventura County but an official told that the death, in the town of Ojai, might have been the result of a car crash but not related to the fire.
About 5,700 firefighters have reportedly been battling the brushfires with firefighters drafted in from neighboring states to help, officials said on Thursday.
Update: California wildfires Made Nearly 200,000 Flee As New Blaze Spreads
The Thomas fire in Ventura County to the north of L.A. remains the largest of the blazes and has reached the Pacific coast.
The wildfire has consumed 466 sq km (180 square miles) since it broke out on Monday and has already destroyed more than 430 buildings, according to fire officials.
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