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Wind whips up wildfires in southern California

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A firefighter douses burned recreational vehicles after the Springs Fire burned through in the Camarillo Springs area of Ventura County, California. The wind-driven brush fire erupted beside a freeway northwest of Los Angeles on Thursday, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of hundreds of homes threatened as flames advanced on nearby subdivisions, a Ventura County fire official said.

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Smoke and fire billows over a hill near Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Thursday. Authorities have ordered evacuations of a neighborhood and a university about 50 miles west of Los Angeles where a wildfire is raging close to subdivisions. The blaze on the fringes of Camarillo and Thousand Oaks broke out Thursday morning and was quickly spread by gusty Santa Ana winds. Evacuation orders include California State University, Channel Islands.

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A resident watches as a wildfire approaches homes on May 2 in Newbury Park, California. Winds have made fighting the blaze, called the Springs Fire, more difficult and authorities have ordered some mandatory evacuations in the area.

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Smoke billows over U.S. 101 near Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Thursday.

Matthew DeLuca of NBC News reports:

Hundreds of firefighters battled a wind-lashed 3,000-acre wildfire in California on Thursday that has already consumed one home and forced evacuations in mostly undeveloped sections of Riverside County.

A second, smaller brush-fueled fire (pictured here) sparked to life Thursday in Ventura County and grew to more than 100 acres, according to a post on the county fire department’s website. The fire was burning completely uncontained, the post said. More than 200 firefighters were called to the blaze, NBC Los Angeles reported, and the Ventura Freeway was shut down as firefighters streamed into the area.

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