Blistering winds continue to spread California wildfires

Brutal Santa Ana winds are expected to continue fanning the flames as hundreds of thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate.
3:56 | 12/08/17

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At this hour more than 190,000 people have evacuated from fire Zones. More than 5,000 firefighters doing their best to battle and contain the flames. Our senior national correspondent Matt Gutman is in Ventura where the largest fire is burning. Good morning, Matt. Reporter: Good morning. That largest fire, the Thomas fire, this multi-headed beast and continues to burn in Ventura county and overnight new evacuation orders for the town of car pen at car pin ria. Insin rated down to the foundations and in so many cases all that's left are those chimneys. This morning, six mammoth fires burning through more than 140,000 acres of land in southern California. Be prepared to leave immediately. Reporter: Towering columns of smoke blotting out 9 sun. We hiked up here to get a better vantage point of this eastern flank of the Thomas fire. You can see how massive that plume of smoke is. This thing 20uers into the sky thousands of feet up. The biggest concern for the nearly 6,000 firefighters battling that inferno, the blistering winds. These conditions combined with heat makes this a threatening environment. Reporter: Nearly 200,000 residents fleeing their home and it was here in Santa Paula we found Anthony scrambling to gather whatever he could, documents, pictures off walls, drawer fulls of clothes. Why the wedding dress. Our memories. We've been through so much so that's like our big milestone because I want to give that to my kids so -- Reporter: Some residents resorting to fighting it head on. Those staying behind using garden hoses to keep the embers away. But for others, it was too late. It's okay. What do I do now? Reporter: Their hopes already consumed by the blaze. My house on fire. My house is on fire. Reporter: Now the windses have subsided overnight but they're slightly picking up this morning. Officials tell us red flag warnings will be in effect here in Ventura county at least through Sunday and the bad news is they're saying those fires could continue to burn here in Ventura until Christmas.

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