Horrifying images of the raging wildfires in Southern California show how rapidly destruction has spread

A series of wildfires have broken out in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and continue to rage as of late in the day on Wednesday.

The three largest blazes — the Thomas Fire, the Creek Fire, and the Rye Fire — are burning around Ventura, Sylmar, and Santa Clarita, with no signs of stopping. The fires have already destroyed hundreds of homes, and prompted the evacuation of 200,000 people across region.

Because the flames have been fed by strong, dry Santa Ana winds of up to 80 mph, authorities have not been able to contain the fires. 

The blazes have caused highways to shut down, schools to close, and halted activity in the region as firefighters work to contain the destruction. California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency, freeing up state funds to help tackle the wildfires.

Below are some of the most horrifying images from the ground. 

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Horrifying images of California wildfires show how rapidly destruction has spread

The fires forced thousands of residents to evacuate their homes around Los Angeles and in suburbs throughout the region.

(Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Downtown Santa Paula was darkened by a power outage as strong winds pushed the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres.

(David McNew/Reuters)

The fire continues to threaten homes as it burns along the 101 freeway.

(Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

101 remains open, but authorities are advising people to avoid driving there.

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The burned remains of cars lined a country road near Santa Paula.

(David McNew/Reuters)

Embers blew from a tree shortly before it fell near burned cars in Santa Paula.

(David McNew/Reuters)

Despite the violence of these images, no fatalities from the fires had been reported as of 2pm PT on Wednesday.

(David McNew/Reuters)

The fires destroyed over 150 structures and are threatening thousands more homes as of Wednesday afternoon.

(Gene Blevins/Reuters)

Emergency crews blocked roadways in Ventura on Wednesday.

(Gene Blevins/Reuters)

Ventura was hit hard by the Thomas fire, the first and largest of the blazes. The remains of a home are seen here after it burned to the ground.

(Mike Blake/Reuters)

Entire neighborhoods in Ventura were leveled. 

(Mike Blake/Reuters)

In the early morning on Tuesday, the Creek Fire broke out in the Kagel Canyon area in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles.

(Gene Blevins/Reuters)

A local man was seen praying on Wednesday morning near the Creek Fire in Sylmar.

(Gene Blevins/Reuters)

Thousands of firefighters are working to contain the blazes.

(Mike Blake/Reuters)

But the fires showed no signs of stopping on Wednesday afternoon.

(Gene Blevins/Reuters)

Dry, gusty Santa Ana winds continue to blow across the region.

(Gene Blevins/Reuters)

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