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One dead as Thomas wildfire engulfs 25,000 acres in SoCal

At least one person is dead after a Southern California wildfire spread rapidly and threatened hundreds of homes.

The Thomas fire started north of Los Angeles near the city of St. Paula and could soon threaten its more than 100,000 residents in nearby Ventura, according to fire officials in Ventura County.

A person died in a car accident because of the fires, though no information about the identity or circumstances of the death were available.

The blaze had stretched to around 25,000 acres as of early morning local time, with authorities saying that multiple structures had caught fire as the affected area quintupled in size within a matter of hours.

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Roughly 10,000 homes were evacuated, according to KTLA and power company SCE said that 180,000 customers in area around Ventura and Santa Barbara were without electricity because of damage to transmission lines.

The fire has been aided in its wild growth by winds that the National Weather Service forecast says could reach 80mph in gusts .

This year has already been a destructive one for West Coast fires, with the Wine Country blazes of October destroying nearly 9,000 structures in Northern California.

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The fire expanded rapidly near St. Paula (pictured) and is threatening nearby Ventura.

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Forty-two people reportedly died in those fires.

With News Wire Services

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