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Thousands flee California wildfires

Thomas wildfire burns above Bella Vista Drive near Romero Canyon in this social media photo by Santa Barbara County Fire Department in Montecito. 



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Thomas wildfire burns above Bella Vista Drive near Romero Canyon in this social media photo by Santa Barbara County Fire Department in Montecito. Courtesy Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/via REUTERS

Thomas wildfire burns above Bella Vista Drive near Romero Canyon in this social media photo by Santa Barbara County Fire Department in Montecito. Courtesy Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/via REUTERS
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People stand on a roof of a home illuminated with Christmas lights to watch wildfire on a hillside burn during the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara county near Carpinteria. 


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People stand on a roof of a home illuminated with Christmas lights to watch wildfire on a hillside burn during the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara county near Carpinteria. REUTERS/Patrick T Fallon

People stand on a roof of a home illuminated with Christmas lights to watch wildfire on a hillside burn during the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara county near Carpinteria. REUTERS/Patrick T Fallon
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Burned mobile homes are seen at the Monserate Country Club after the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wildfire, swept through their community in Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Burned mobile homes are seen at the Monserate Country Club after the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wildfire, swept through their community in Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Burned mobile homes are seen at the Monserate Country Club after the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wildfire, swept through their community in Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Firefighters knock down flames as they advance on homes atop Shepherd Mesa Road in Carpinteria. 


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Firefighters knock down flames as they advance on homes atop Shepherd Mesa Road in Carpinteria. REUTERS/Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Firefighters knock down flames as they advance on homes atop Shepherd Mesa Road in Carpinteria. REUTERS/Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department
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Fire fighters attack the Thomas Fire�s north flank with backfires as they continue to fight a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles, near Ojai. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Fire fighters attack the Thomas Fire�s north flank with backfires as they continue to fight a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles, near Ojai. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Fire fighters attack the Thomas Fire�s north flank with backfires as they continue to fight a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles, near Ojai. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
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A firefighter is working on extinguishing the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wildfire, in Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A firefighter is working on extinguishing the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wildfire, in Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A firefighter is working on extinguishing the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wildfire, in Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Trees glow in the wind after being burned in the Lilac Fire in Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Trees glow in the wind after being burned in the Lilac Fire in Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Trees glow in the wind after being burned in the Lilac Fire in Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A firefighter is working on extinguishing the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wildfire in Bonsall. 


REUTERS/Mike Blake

A firefighter is working on extinguishing the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wildfire in Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A firefighter is working on extinguishing the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wildfire in Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A rancher does what he can to try and put out flames after the Lilacfire, a fast moving wild fire, came through Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A rancher does what he can to try and put out flames after the Lilacfire, a fast moving wild fire, came through Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A rancher does what he can to try and put out flames after the Lilacfire, a fast moving wild fire, came through Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Firefighters jump a fence to try and save a burning home from the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wild fire, came through Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Firefighters jump a fence to try and save a burning home from the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wild fire, came through Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Firefighters jump a fence to try and save a burning home from the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wild fire, came through Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A horse is evacuated from the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wild fire in Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A horse is evacuated from the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wild fire in Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A horse is evacuated from the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wild fire in Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A fire fighting helicopter flies over the Lilac Fire as evening comes to Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A fire fighting helicopter flies over the Lilac Fire as evening comes to Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A fire fighting helicopter flies over the Lilac Fire as evening comes to Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A weather vane is pictured on a ranch during the Creek Fire in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, in Sylmar. 

REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

A weather vane is pictured on a ranch during the Creek Fire in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, in Sylmar. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

A weather vane is pictured on a ranch during the Creek Fire in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, in Sylmar. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn
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A firefighter stomps out small embers on a ranch during the Creek Fire in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, in Sylmar.


REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

A firefighter stomps out small embers on a ranch during the Creek Fire in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, in Sylmar. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

A firefighter stomps out small embers on a ranch during the Creek Fire in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, in Sylmar. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn
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Firefighters battle to save one of many homes 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. 


REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Firefighters battle to save one of many homes 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. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Firefighters battle to save one of many homes 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. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
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A firefighter waits at the top of a hill to battle the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wild fire in Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A firefighter waits at the top of a hill to battle the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wild fire in Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A firefighter waits at the top of a hill to battle the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wild fire in Bonsall. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Embers continue burning near a home that was damaged during the Creek Fire in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, in Sylmar. 


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Embers continue burning near a home that was damaged during the Creek Fire in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, in Sylmar. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

Embers continue burning near a home that was damaged during the Creek Fire in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, in Sylmar. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn
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A fire crew passes a burning home during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A fire crew passes a burning home during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A fire crew passes a burning home during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Firefighters battle flames from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire in Santa Paula. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Firefighters battle flames from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire in Santa Paula. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Firefighters battle flames from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire in Santa Paula. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
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A horse which was left behind after an early-morning Creek Fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, is seen in Sylmar. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

A horse which was left behind after an early-morning Creek Fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, is seen in Sylmar. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

A horse which was left behind after an early-morning Creek Fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, is seen in Sylmar. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
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Embers blow from a tree shortly before it fell down near burned cars as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula. 

REUTERS/David McNew

Embers blow from a tree shortly before it fell down near burned cars as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula. REUTERS/David McNew

Embers blow from a tree shortly before it fell down near burned cars as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula. REUTERS/David McNew
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The remains of a home are seen in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The remains of a home are seen in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The remains of a home are seen in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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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. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

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. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

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. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
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A local man tries to cope and prays 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. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

A local man tries to cope and prays 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. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

A local man tries to cope and prays 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. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
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The remains of homes are seen in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The remains of homes are seen in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The remains of homes are seen in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A firefighter sprays water on the remains of the Hawaiian Village apartments after a wind-driven wildfire swept into the city of Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A firefighter sprays water on the remains of the Hawaiian Village apartments after a wind-driven wildfire swept into the city of Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A firefighter sprays water on the remains of the Hawaiian Village apartments after a wind-driven wildfire swept into the city of Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Flames tower over palm trees from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire near Ventura. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Flames tower over palm trees from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire near Ventura. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Flames tower over palm trees from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire near Ventura. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
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A fire truck heads to another call as a house burns during a wind driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A fire truck heads to another call as a house burns during a wind driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A fire truck heads to another call as a house burns during a wind driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A real estate sign post is seen next to the remains of a home, after it burned to the ground, during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A real estate sign post is seen next to the remains of a home, after it burned to the ground, during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A real estate sign post is seen next to the remains of a home, after it burned to the ground, during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Firefighters battle to save one of many homes lost 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. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Firefighters battle to save one of many homes lost 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. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Firefighters battle to save one of many homes lost 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. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
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Emergency crews block a roadway as flames spread from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire near Ventura. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Emergency crews block a roadway as flames spread from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire near Ventura. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Emergency crews block a roadway as flames spread from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire near Ventura. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
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Embers spread across a roadway from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire in Santa Paula. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Embers spread across a roadway from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire in Santa Paula. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Embers spread across a roadway from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire in Santa Paula. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
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Burned up trees glow red in the dark in Sylmar. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Burned up trees glow red in the dark in Sylmar. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Burned up trees glow red in the dark in Sylmar. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
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Local residents react as numerous homes burn on a hillside during a wind driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Local residents react as numerous homes burn on a hillside during a wind driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Local residents react as numerous homes burn on a hillside during a wind driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Smoke rises into the night sky as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula. 


REUTERS/David McNew

Smoke rises into the night sky as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula. REUTERS/David McNew

Smoke rises into the night sky as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula. REUTERS/David McNew
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A home's remains are seen, next to a burnt out truck, after they were destroyed, during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A home's remains are seen, next to a burnt out truck, after they were destroyed, during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A home's remains are seen, next to a burnt out truck, after they were destroyed, during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Firefighters battle a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire near Ventura. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Firefighters battle a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire near Ventura. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Firefighters battle a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire near Ventura. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
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A burned truck smolders on a country road at night as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula. 

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A burned truck smolders on a country road at night as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula. REUTERS/David McNew

A burned truck smolders on a country road at night as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula. REUTERS/David McNew
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A house burns to the ground during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A house burns to the ground during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A house burns to the ground during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Firefighters battle a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire near Ventura. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Firefighters battle a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire near Ventura. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Firefighters battle a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire near Ventura. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
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Ventura policemen leave a neighborhood after checking a home as strong winds carry a wildfire into Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Ventura policemen leave a neighborhood after checking a home as strong winds carry a wildfire into Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Ventura policemen leave a neighborhood after checking a home as strong winds carry a wildfire into Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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The remains of a home are seen, after it burned to the ground, during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The remains of a home are seen, after it burned to the ground, during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The remains of a home are seen, after it burned to the ground, during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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The burned remains of crashed cars are seen at night on a country road as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula. 


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The burned remains of crashed cars are seen at night on a country road as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula. REUTERS/David McNew

The burned remains of crashed cars are seen at night on a country road as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula. REUTERS/David McNew
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A house burns in the background as a man talks on his phone and walks down the street amid a wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A house burns in the background as a man talks on his phone and walks down the street amid a wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A house burns in the background as a man talks on his phone and walks down the street amid a wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Embers blow from burned trees as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula.


 REUTERS/David McNew

Embers blow from burned trees as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula. REUTERS/David McNew

Embers blow from burned trees as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula. REUTERS/David McNew
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