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Multiple wildfires keeping firefighters busy in Southern California

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More than 4,000 firefighters were battling four large wildfires in Southern California on Wednesday, all fanned by strong and gusty winds.

The largest of the fires, the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, had burned 65,000 acres as of Wednesday morning. There was no containment. At least 150 structures, including many homes in the Ventura and Santa Paula areas, were destroyed by the fire and 12,000 additional structures remained threatened.

Several significant fires were also burning in Los Angeles County.

The Creek Fire had burned 11,377 acres as of Wednesday morning, also with zero containment. It broke out early Tuesday just east of Sylmar. Fire officials say approximately 30 structures have been destroyed.

The Rye Fire also broke out Tuesday morning, had burned 7,000 acres as of Wednesday and was 5 percent contained. It was burning in the Valencia area.

On Wednesday, the Skirball Fire broke out along Interstate 405 at Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles. The fire burned 150 acres with no containment. At least four structures were damaged.

Michael Bayouth shared this video of the Skirball Fire taken as he drove the 405 Wednesday morning:

The Skirball Fire burned close to the Getty Center, the $1 billion home to the J. Paul Getty Museum and related organizations in Sepulveda Pass, but did not cross the pass to the Getty side. The center was closed the day before to prevent harm to its collection from smoke from the other fires in Los Angeles County. It remained closed Wednesday.

CAL FIRE said strong winds were expected to continue with gusts up to 60 mph. Firefighters were also dealing with very low humidity and above normal temperatures. These weather conditions were expected to continue in some parts of Southern California through next week.

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