>> Hurricane force winds are fanning the flames in Southern California as uncontrollable wildfires roar through densely populated parts of the state, more than 200,000 people have been forced to evacuate. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed. Major highways were temporarily shut down. Reuters photographer Mike Blake is on the scene.
>> Wild fire has broken out, causing the evacuation of this high school. You can see the smoke and the wind coming in from behind me, they're hitting it with a bunch of air assets, water bombers, helicopters.>> In the small resort town of Ojai, nearly all 7,000 people living there have been ordered to get out.
Ferocious winds have made it hard for crews to gain control of the fires that have scorched nearly 100,000 acres since Monday. In Los Angeles County, firefighters were able to to save many of the multi-million dollar homes in the upscale community of Bel-Air thanks to a break in the winds.
Hundreds of schools have cancelled classes for the rest of the week as firefighters try to contain the flames against a hellish backdrop of flaming mountains and walls of smoke.