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Another California fire forces 7,000 evacuations outside Los Angeles

California's fire season has never seemed wilder.

Yet another massive wildfire broke out late Thursday night in southern California, burning more than 8,000 acres in the hours since and forcing 7,000 people to evacuate. It's burning outside Santa Paula, in Ventura County north of Los Angeles, and is completely uncontained as of Friday morning, per the California Department of Fire & Forestry Protection.

The Maria fire joins the Easy fire in the county, which is now 80 percent contained after burning 1,800 acres and threatening the Reagan Presidential Library on Thursday. Further south, just outside of Los Angeles, the Hillside fire has destroyed at least six homes, and another fire was sparked when suspected thieves drove a stolen car onto dry grass. Several other fires are also still raging up and down California, with dozens of homes destroyed and thousands of people displaced so far in this active fire season.