(KGTV) - Santa Ana winds and dry conditions are driving several fires in Southern California that have already scorched tens of thousands of acres and caused evacuations.
California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Tuesday after fires scorched thousands of acres.
“The fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we’ll continue to attack it with all we’ve got,” Brown said in a statement. “It is critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so.”
Law enforcement officials also issued a consumer alert Wednesday, warning residents to look out for price gouging.
"Price gouging during a public emergency isn't just outrageous, it's illegal," Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said.
"Consumers should be very wary of price spikes for hotel rooms, gasoline and emergency items like generators. If you suspect price gouging, report it to my office immediately. When appropriate we will prosecute."
The Thomas Fire -- the largest of the fires currently burning -- ignited Monday night and has forced thousands from their homes, burned more than 100 structures to the ground, and caused at least one death.
The Creek Fire crept up Tuesday morning and has also forced mandatory evacuations outside Los Angeles.
All schools in the San Fernando Valley will be closed Thursday and Friday, according to officials.
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