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Photos: California wildfires burn thousands of acres, force evacuations

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Photograph by Mike Eliason
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    Firefighters knock down flames as they advance on homes atop Shepherd Mesa Road in Carpinteria, Calif. A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California's largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday.

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    Photograph by Mike Eliason
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    Firefighters monitor the Thomas fire as it burns through Los Padres National Forest near Ojai, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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    A hillside glows with embers as the Thomas fire burns through Los Padres National Forest near Ojai, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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    A fire engine passes flames as a wildfire burns along Santa Ana Road near Ventura, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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    A helicopter drops water while trying to keep a wildfire from jumping Santa Ana Road near Ventura, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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    A helicopter drops water while battling the Thomas fire in Ojai, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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    A CalFire tanker drops retardant on a portion of the Lilac Fire near Old Highway 395, in San Diego County, Calif., Thursday, Dec, 7, 2017. Howard Lipin/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

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    Terrified horses gallop from San Luis Rey Downs as the Lilac Fire sweeps through the horse-training facility, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 in San Diego. (Paul Sisson/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

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    A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter makes a water drop on flames sweeping up a steep canyon wall, threatening homes on a ridge line. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

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    A wildfire threatens homes as it burns along a hillside in La Conchita, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The wind-swept blazes have forced tens of thousands of evacuations and destroyed dozens of homes. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Fire crews work among destroyed homes at the Rancho Monserate Country Club community Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Fallbrook, Calif.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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    Fire personnel drive along West Lilac Road as the Lilac Fire burns near Bonsall, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 7. 2017. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

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    Palm trees sway in a gust of wind as a firefighter carries a water hose while battling a wildfire at Faria State Beach in Ventura, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Smoke rises behind a leveled apartment complex as a wildfire burns in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Over 100 structures have burned so far in Ventura County, officials said. Hide Caption ( - )
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    Flames from the Thomas fire burn above a truck on Highway 101 north of Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Hide Caption ( - )
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    Motorists on Highway 101 watch flames from the Thomas fire leap above the roadway north of Ventura, Calif. As many as five fires have closed highways, schools and museums, shut down production of TV series and cast a hazardous haze over the region. Hide Caption ( - )
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    Flames from a wildfire work their way down a slope behind a home in the Bel Air district of Los Angeles Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Hide Caption ( - )
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    A firefighter mops up at a home consumed by a wildfire in the Bel Air district of Los Angeles Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. A dangerous new wildfire erupted in the tony Bel Air area of Los Angeles early Wednesday. Hide Caption ( - )
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    A wildfire continues to burn as its red glow is reflected on the beach Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. Hide Caption ( - )
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    Flames consume a home on Via Arroyo as a wildfire rages in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Hide Caption ( - )
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    Flames consume a home on Via Arroyo as a wildfire rages in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Hide Caption ( - )
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    Flames consume a home on Via Arroyo as a wildfire rages in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Hide Caption ( - )
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    Firefighters work to put out a blaze burning homes early Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. Authorities said the blaze broke out Monday and grew wildly in the hours that followed, consuming vegetation that hasn't burned in decades. Hide Caption ( - )