refighters battled into the early morning Wednesday as another fire erupted near Los Angeles, joining two others that have already charred more than 60,000 acres and destroyed hundreds of structures. For the second consecutive night, the so-called Thomas fire cast a glow across the sky as thousands fled their homes.
>> All of the sudden I see from the other side fire came to our side. So scary.>> Hot, dry Santa Ana winds blowing from the Mojave Desert at up to 70 miles per hour are fueling the fires. Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency freeing up more state funds and resources to fight them.
In San Fernando Valley the so-called Creek fire had blackened more than 11,000 acres and destroyed some 30 structures by Wednesday morning. The latest blaze known as the Rye fire erupted in Santa Clarita on Tuesday, and quickly grew to 5,000 acres. The fire is 5% contained. But with the winds and low humidity remaining in the forecast, officials are expecting the fight to last for days.