Several wind-whipped fires broke out on Monday that caused more than 200.000 people to evacuate from their homes in California.

Firefighter Patrick Larsen, of San Luis Obispo, battles a wildfire in Ojai, California, on Thursday, 7 December, 2017.
Firefighter Patrick Larsen, of San Luis Obispo, battles a wildfire in Ojai, California, on Thursday, 7 December, 2017. ( AP )

Unrelenting wildfires fanned by hot, dry Santa Ana winds threatened more than 12,000 homes in southern California, forcing more than 200.000 people to flee from their homes for safety.

Firefighters and helicopters sprayed and dumped bucketloads of water to try to contain the flames against a hellish backdrop of flaming mountains and walls of smoke.
Firefighters and helicopters sprayed and dumped bucketloads of water to try to contain the flames against a hellish backdrop of flaming mountains and walls of smoke. ( AP )
A burnt out house and car are seen after the Skirball wildfire swept through the exclusive enclave of Bel Air, California on December 7, 2017. Local emergency officials warned of powerful winds on December 7 that will feed wildfires raging in Los Angeles, threatening multi-million dollar mansions with blazes that have forced thousands of people to flee.
A burnt out house and car are seen after the Skirball wildfire swept through the exclusive enclave of Bel Air, California on December 7, 2017. Local emergency officials warned of powerful winds on December 7 that will feed wildfires raging in Los Angeles, threatening multi-million dollar mansions with blazes that have forced thousands of people to flee. ( AFP )
Los Angeles firefighters battle to contain flames to a burning home and prevent the fire's spread to adjoining properties in the Bel Air district of Los Angeles on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
Los Angeles firefighters battle to contain flames to a burning home and prevent the fire's spread to adjoining properties in the Bel Air district of Los Angeles on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. ( AP )
Flames are seen from the Thomas fire burn above a truck on Highway 101 north of Ventura, California.The wind-swept blazes have forced tens of thousands of evacuations and destroyed dozens of homes.
Flames are seen from the Thomas fire burn above a truck on Highway 101 north of Ventura, California.The wind-swept blazes have forced tens of thousands of evacuations and destroyed dozens of homes. ( AP )
Thousands of people have to evacuate from their homes since the fire approached. Over 200.000 people have already been evacuated in the Ventura, California.
Thousands of people have to evacuate from their homes since the fire approached. Over 200.000 people have already been evacuated in the Ventura, California. ( AP )
A photo taken from the International Space Station and moved on social media by astronaut Randy Bresnik shows smoke rising from wildfire burning in Southern California, US, December 6, 2017.
A photo taken from the International Space Station and moved on social media by astronaut Randy Bresnik shows smoke rising from wildfire burning in Southern California, US, December 6, 2017. ( Reuters )
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