California's fires already burned almost 120,000 acres. They're about to get much more dangerous.

Winds up to 80 mph are expected in the region Thursday, making fire containment nearly impossible. Four gargantuan fires are now burning around Los Angeles, and firefighters are bracing for hurricane-force winds Thursday that will more rapidly spread the flames, putting even more homes and lives at risk.

The blazes had already incinerated almost 120,000 acres as of Thursday morning, leaving behind scorched hillsides and smoke-shrouded highways in the state’s worst fire season ever.

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The Thomas Fire burns along a hillside near Santa Paula, California, on December 5, 2017.

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By: Vox - Thursday, 7 December

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