California fires are showing no respite. The latest California fire map said fast-moving wildfires hit Southern California Thursday augmented by powerful Santa Ana winds.

As of Thursday nearly 53,000 homes and businesses had been affected by the power shut down by utility company Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).

Amidst the scare of fire is the misery of millions of Californians who live without power. The utility says it shut power as a precautionary measure to avoid fresh blazes.

In a California fire update, National Weather Service said the dangerous red flag conditions in Southern California will continue.

San Bernardino and Easy Fire

Among the blazes reported Thursday was the Hillside Fire in San Bernardino, east of Los Angeles causing mandatory evacuations after a fire destroyed six homes. Getty fire has already burned 745 acres.

Per CBS News, flames swallowed a home as neighbors watched it helplessly.

“I managed to put the hillside out around my backyard and keep my house from burning,” one man said.

Reports also said many residents refused to leave fire zones, per California fire news.

“That's kinda the only reason we stayed, my son and my brother and I, just to fight it. We did get the palm trees out, but once the roof caught on fire it was just too much to control,” another man said.

Fire crews battled hard to douse a raging fire, Easy-Fire, that erupted in Simi Valley, northwest of Los Angeles. The report said flames came near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. But neighborhoods covering 30,000 people had to evacuate.

More than 700 firefighters were engaged in fighting the Easy-Fire where the flames raged into the night, fueled by winds lashing 70 mph. The flames managed to jump a freeway, forcing a nearby neighborhood to evacuate.

“We put everything in the car, I'm so glad we did,” commented Frank Rahimi of Moorpark to CBS noting that “we only had seconds to get out.”

Crews in Southern California battled numerous fires Wednesday as winds were powerful to knock over big rigs along an interstate.

In southern California fires, 46 Fire in Riverside County burned down five buildings. But investigators blamed police for a chase over a stolen car that led to crashing a vehicle into fences and metal rims causing the blaze.

All evacuation orders related to the 46 Fire have been withdrawn by Thursday night, according to Cal Fire Riverside.

On November 11, 2018 a helicopter makes a water drop on the wildfires in the Feather River Canyon, east of Paradise, California
Representational image. AFP / Josh Edelson

Latest updates

· Evacuations continue in San Bernardino.

· Strong winds feeding the flames in Jurupa Valley.

· Kincade fire under control

· Reagan Presidential Library saved from the fire.

· Sonoma County residents are returning home.

· Santa Ana winds fuelling flames and affecting fire fighting by crews.

Slight progress in North California

At the same time, firefighters in Northern California sad they made “significant progress" battling the Kincade blaze, per Cal Fire representative Jonathan Cox.

Cox said the red flag warning for the region has ended, and winds have subsided moderately.

Meanwhile, utility PG&E said its calibrated power outages from October 9-12 checked 56 fires across northern and central California.

This was revealed by PG and E in a court filing on Wednesday as part of reporting over the 2010 San Bruno criminal case.