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Gallery: California wildfires continue to grow

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Ventura County, location of the largest of wildfires currently burning in the state.

The fire 60 miles (97 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles ignited Monday evening near the city of Santa Paula.

Winds have pushed it west into the city of Ventura, where homes continued to burn Tuesday afternoon.

The governor says the fire is very dangerous and residents must be ready to evacuate if told to do so.


Cars burn during the "Creek Fire" in the Lake View Terrace area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Flames consume a Foothill Rd. residence as the Thomas fire rages in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Flames from a wildfire burn at Aera Energy's Ventura, Calif., oil and gas production facility on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Emanuel Vasquez, of Oxnard, Calif., passes a burning residence on Foothill Road as a wildfire rages in Ventura, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Horses are evacuated from a ranch along Kagel Canyon at the Creek fire, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 in La Canada Flintridge, Calif. (David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News via AP)
A firefighter sprays water at the remains of an apartment complex destroyed by the Thomas Fire on December 5, 2017 in Ventura, California. Around 45,000 acres have burned in the fire forcing thousands to evacuate and destroying 150 structures. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Firefighters work in front of a home destroyed by the Thomas Fire on December 5, 2017 in Ventura, California. Around 45,000 acres have burned in the fire forcing thousands to evacuate and destroying 150 structures. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Remnants of a burned down a home as a brush fire continues to threaten other homes in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
John Bain and Brandon Baker take cover from the embers as they try to help stop a fire from burning a stranger's home in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Hawaiian Gardens apartment complex on fire as brush fires move quickly with Santa Ana winds in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Firefighters monitor a fire to avoid it from spreading onto the next door home, in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday Dec. 5, 2017. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS) 1217666
Smoke blows out of the burning palm trees as brush fire threaten homes in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
In a photo provided authorities, firefighters work as homes burned in Ventura, Calif., in the early morning hours of Dec. 5, 2017. (Ryan Cullom/Ventura County Fire Department via The New York Times)
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