Southern California wildfires: What we know now

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The fire reached Los Angeles Wednesday.

Here’s what we know so far.

The biggest fire started Monday evening in Santa Paula, Calif. with help from fierce Santa Ana winds. 

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On Wednesday, the biggest concern was a new wildfire in west Los Angeles. Several homes were set ablaze near Bel Air and other exclusive neighborhoods on the city’s tony westside.

There were five separate blazes:

•The Thomas fire, which started in Ventura County northwest of downtown Los Angeles, is the largest.

•The Creek fire, north of downtown Los Angeles, was in Lakeview Terrace and Sylmar.

•The Rye fire is near Santa Clarita.

•The Little Mountain fire in San Bernardino.

•The Skirball fire is one of the most recent, starting Wednesday morning near the Skirball Cultural Center in west Los Angeles. 

The Thomas fire has burned at least 65,000 acres. The Creek fire burned at least 11,000 acres and the Rye fire destroyed at least 7,000 acres. The Skirball fire covered 150 acres as of Wednesday morning. 

Nearly 200,000 people have been told to evacuate.

The Thomas fire had destroyed at least 150 structures. The Creek fire has destroyed at least 30 structures. At least four homes were destroyed in Skirball fire.

More than 1,100 firefighters have battled the erratic Thomas fire. There’s no containment in sight. The Creek fire and Skirball Fire are also not contained. Little Mountain Fire is at least 50% contained. The threat of the Rye Fire to Simi Valley has been reduced due to overnight firefighting efforts, Simi Valley police said Wednesday. Firefighters appeared to be gaining the upper hand in west Los Angeles, but there was no containment.

Vehicles pass beside a wall of flames on the 101 highway as it reaches the coast during the Thomas wildfire near Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday. (Photo: Mark Ralston, AFP/Getty Images)