Some of the strongest Santa Ana winds recorded in years have been pushing several sudden and destructive wildfires across the hills and towns north of Los Angeles, burning thousands of acres and hundreds of structures and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes over the past two days. Hundreds of firefighters are stretched across suburbs and foothills tonight, trying to contain fires that are racing westward, pushed by the fiercely blowing winds. Photographers across the region have been taking some remarkable images while covering these wildfires.

1. A truck drives along the 101 freeway as a wildfire continues to burn in Ventura, California, on December 5, 2017.
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2. A wildfire burns along the 101 freeway on December 5, 2017, in Ventura, California.
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3. Bushes burst into flame near a home as a wildfire burns in Ventura, California, on December 5, 2017.
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4. Embers blow from burned trees as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, on December 5, 2017.
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5. Smoke rises into the night sky as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, on December 4, 2017.
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6. Embers fly from a burning palm tree as a firefighter battles a wildfire along a hillside near homes in Santa Paula, California, on December 5, 2017.
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7. A strong wind blows embers around a resident hosing his burning property during the Creek Fire on December 5, 2017 in Sunland, California.
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8. Embers blow from a tree shortly before it fell down near burned cars as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, on December 5, 2017.
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9. Firefighters battle a wildfire near homes in Santa Paula, California, on December 5, 2017.
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10. Flames from a wildfire advance down a hillside near Springs of Life Church in Casitas Springs, California, on December 5, 2017.
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11. Flames consume a structure as a wildfire burns in Casitas Springs, California, on December 5, 2017.
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12. A horse which was left behind after the early-morning Creek Fire broke out in the Kagel Canyon area in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, photographed in Sylmar, California, on December 5, 2017.
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13. Horse trailers are destroyed after the early-morning Creek Fire broke out in the Kagel Canyon area north of Los Angeles, on December 5, 2017.
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14. Strong wind blows embers from the smoldering ruins of a house damaged by the Creek Fire on December 5, 2017 in Sunland, California.
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15. Smoke from the Thomas Fire rises over a residential neighborhood on December 5, 2017, in Ventura, California.
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16. A structure is engulfed in flames from the Thomas Fire in Santa Paula, California, on December 4, 2017.
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17. The Creek Fire burns on a hillside in the Shadow Hills neighborhood on December 5, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.
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18. Two people walk along the beach with a dog as a wildfire burns in the distance on December 5, 2017, in Ventura, California.
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19. Smoke from the Creek wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains, the second range behind the Hollywood Hills, looms up over Los Angeles on December 5, 2017.
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20. A man rides past a home consumed by a wildfire on December 5, 2017, in Ventura, California.
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21. Residents watch a home burn on a hillside during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura, California, on December 5, 2017.
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22. Flames consume a house and vehicles as a wildfire rages in Ventura, California, on December 5, 2017. See this intersection on Google Street View.
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23. Flames consume vehicles in Ventura, California, on December 5, 2017.
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24. A firetruck passes burning vehicles as a wildfire rages in Ventura, California, on December 5, 2017.
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25. A man tries to get a hand on a horse that got loose during a wildfire in the Lake View Terrace area of Los Angeles on December 5, 2017.
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26. A Los Angeles County firefighter puts water on a burning house in the Lake View Terrace area of Los Angeles on December 5, 2017.
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27. A home burns during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura, California, on December 5, 2017.
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28. Firefighters battle to save one of many homes burning in the early-morning Creek Fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area in the San Fernando Valley on December 5, 2017.
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29. A man watches flames burning a residence as a wildfire hits Ventura County, California, on December 5, 2017.
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30. Residents and spectators watch as the Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, on December 5, 2017.
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31. Embers from the Creek Fire are whipped along a burning hillside in the Shadow Hills neighborhood on December 5, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.
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32. A firefighting helicopter passes in front of the smoke-covered sun while fighting the Creek Fire in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles on December 5, 2017.
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