Wildfires are forcing thousands of people out of their homes across Southern California as Santa Ana winds are spreading the flames.
Firefighters battling one of the biggest blazes in California's history hailed Dec. 18, 2017 a "productive day" as weather conditions continue to turn in favor of the men and women trying to bring the Thomas Fire under control. The day saw a significant landmark reached, with 50% of the fire contained.
The smoke-filled sky in Carpinteria wasn't going to stop people from surfing.
A surfer catches some waves as the smoke-filled sky filters orange light in Carpinteria, California.
Christmas lights illuminate a house at the Thomas Fire advances toward Santa Barbara County seaside communities on Dec. 10, 2017.
A house in Carpinteria, California, burns in the Thomas Fire.
A firefighter sets a backfire to attempt to stop the Thomas Fire in Ojai, California, on Dec. 9, 2017.
National Guard helicopters make water drop as the Thomas Fire approaches the Lake Casitas area on December 9, 2017 near Ojai, California.
Flames explode near firefighters as the Thomas Fire approaches the Lake Casitas area on December 9, 2017 near Ojai, California.
Horses are rescued from the Lilac Fire near Bonsall, California, on Dec. 8, 2017.
A house burns in the Lilac Fire in the early morning hours of Dec. 8, 2017, near Bonsall, California.
The Thomas Fire burns down a bluff toward homes in La Conchita, California, on Dec. 7, 2017.
Firefighters cut a fire line in an attempt to stop the Thomas Fire near Fillmore, California.
A firefighting helicopter makes a water drop on the Thomas Fire near Fillmore.
An Ojai home is consumed by the flames of the Thomas Fire.
Firefighters monitor the Thomas Fire as it burns along the 101 Freeway north of Ventura.
Firefighters work to save homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood from the Skirball Fire.
Ranch hands Angel Flores and Anthony Martin (R) spray down smoldering property at Rancho Padilla in Sylmar, California. The Creek Fire killed 29 horses at the stable on Dec. 6, 2017.
A cat climbed up a tree to take refuge from the Creek Fire in Sylmar.
The Skirball Fire shut down the 405 Interstate in Los Angeles on Dec. 6.
A house in Sunland burns in the Creek Fire.
People watch the Creek Fire burn in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The remains of a home destroyed by the Creek Fire in Sunland, California.
The Creek Fire burns on a hillside of the Shadow Hills neighborhood of LA.
The Rye Fire approaches Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California.
A resident walks in the remains of an apartment complex destroyed by the Thomas Fire in Ventura, California.
A car is burned as residents walk around a residential area of Ventura.
The Thomas Fire was first reported on Dec. 4. The cause wasn't immediately known, CNN reports.
CNN reports the fire was burning nearly an acre per second.
A firefighter works to stop the flames after a Ventura home was destroyed by the Thomas Fire.
Firefighters work to contain flames from the Thomas Fire after it destroyed a home in Ventura, California.
A firefighter, working on the Thomas Fire, sprays water on the remains of a Ventura apartment complex.
Smoke rises above Ventura, California, from the Thomas Fire.
A firefighter sprays water on a home destroyed by the Thomas Fire in Ventura, California, on Dec. 5, 2017.