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Yet another fire broke out in Southern California Thursday, this time in Huntington Beach. Crews were called to Beach Boulevard and Adams Avenue at around 10 a.m. when the fire started, the Orange County Register reported.
Drivers were asked to avoid the area as firefighters worked to put out the flames, the Huntington Beach Fire Department said. Water drops were also taking place in the area to get flames under control, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department.
The size and scope of the fire remained unclear in preliminary reports, though structures were threatened, according to KABC-TV.
Multiple wildfires raged on in Southern California Thursday thanks to dry vegetation combined with swift moving Santa Ana winds. In Ventura County, the Thomas Fire spread across 108,000 acres, while the Creek Fire in Sylmar consumed more than 12,000 acres. Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes as the fires rampaged through the state. Winds had the potential to pick up in the coming hours and days, hindering further firefighters' ability to combat the flames.
“There will be no ability to fight fire in these kinds of winds,” said California Fire Chief Ken Pimlott, according to the LA Times. “At the end of the day, we need everyone in the public to listen and pay attention. This is not ‘watch the news and go about your day.’ This is pay attention minute-by-minute…keep your head on a swivel.”