As winds relent, scorched California hopes for fire relief

This NASA Earth Observatory false-color image taken on Dec. 5 shows the wildfires in Ventura County Calif

Since erupting in Ventura County late Monday, that blaze has seared 148,000 acres (60,000 hectares), but an area fire department spokesperson said Saturday containment should improve "after aggressive fire fighting" the day prior. Both the Creek and Rye fires in Los Angeles County were 90% contained by Sunday morning, officials said, while the Skirball fire in Los Angeles was 75% contained.

The fires burning across southern California have forced the evacuation of some 200,000 people and destroyed almost 800 structures. High temperatures, low humidity and blustery Santa Ana winds promise a unsafe medley for the mountainous region in the days to come, likely encouraging "extreme fire behavior [that] will continue to hamper control efforts", Cal Fire said in a Monday morning bulletin.

Forecasters predict wind gusts to become more intense by Saturday night, challenging the 8,700 firefighters who have been battling the fast-moving blazes for five days.

Thick smoke and intense heat make it hard for low-flying aircraft to capture the extent of a wildfire's damage.

About 6,800 homes and businesses in fire-affected areas are without power, according to Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric.

This view is from the European Space Agency's Sentinel-2 satellite.

Brown shows the burn scar (center), green shows plants, gray shows urban areas, and orange shows active fires. The Thomas fire has already destroyed more than 790 structures, according to Cal Fire.

One death has been connected to the wildfires so far.

Jonathan Bastian of member station KCRW says that strong and unpredictable winds have kept fire crews scrambling to stay ahead of the Thomas Fire.

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Horse trainers took stock of the damage at the elite San Luis Rey Downs training facility for thoroughbreds in Bonsall, where numerous more than 450 horses were cut loose to prevent them from being trapped in burning stables.

And retired tennis player Jimmy Connors said the Thomas Fire was also threatening his home and tweeted that firefighters were "working tirelessly".

Severe fire weather is expected to continue, promoting significant fire growth in Santa Barbara County, where a number of communities are under mandatory evacuation orders.

Residents walk amidst the remains of an apartment complex destroyed by the Thomas Fire in a residential neighborhood on December 5, 2017 in Ventura. At least 182 structures were destroyed and 23 were damaged by the blaze, while an additional 1,500 are threatened. It was partially contained after burning 362 square miles (937 square kilometers) of dry brush and timber.

Throughout the area, officials reported gains in their battle to contain the fires. Jerry Brown talked about "a new reality in this state, where fires threatened people's lives, their properties, their neighborhoods and billion and billions of dollars".

The Liberty fire, located in Riverside County near Murrieta, north of Temecula, has scorched 300 acres of land.

The winds near the Thomas fire might be a little bit stronger later on Monday night into early Tuesday morning from the north, Munroe said, possibly 5 miles per hour stronger. But, she said of her belongings and home, "none of that means anything when it is your safety".

"I just, I'm at a loss for words", Fuga told KABC-TV through tears.

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