Hundreds of firefighters across the state of California are battling multiple wildfires, fueled by dry air, fierce winds and high temperatures.

 

Over 190,000 California customers were in the dark Thursday as power companies preemptively cut electricity in an attempt to keep fires from starting.

As of Thursday night, the blaze had grown to 16,000 acres, a 6,000-acre increase over the night before. Approximately 1,300 personnel are fighting the fire, which was 5% contained. Authorities said that so far 49 structures had been destroyed and about 2,000 residents had been evacuated.