Photos: The Maria Fire Burns in the Hills of Ventura County

The Maria Fire started Thursday night during one of the most dangerous times of the year for wildfires in Southern California.

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Firefighters from Santa Fe Springs battle to control hotspots of the Maria Fire, in Santa Paula, Ventura County, California on Nov. 2, 2019. The Maria Fire erupted Oct. 31 in Ventura County, 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles, and burned out of control through the night, driven by high winds and threatening 2,300 structures.
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A firefighter from Santa Fe Springs talks on the radio while he battles to control hotspots of the Maria Fire, in Santa Paula, Ventura County, California on Nov. 2, 2019. The Maria Fire erupted October 31 in Ventura County, 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles, and burned out of control through the night, driven by high winds and threatening 2,300 structures.
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Rio Petersen
Maria Fire at night as captured from Santa Paula overlooking a farm field with mountains burning in distance.
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John Carmen
This photo was taken by John Carmen on the United Water Conservation District's Saticoy facility.
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Kris Sofley
Firefighters drawing water from UWCD's recharge basin to fight the Maria Fire.
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Tris Moore
Maria Fire as seen from the Happy Camp Area in Moorpark.
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Ventura County Fire Department
A view of the Maria Fire zone Saturday Nov. 2, 2019 in Ventura County.
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Kris Sofley
This photo was taken by John Carmen on the United Water Conservation District's Saticoy facility.
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Kris Sofley
This photo was taken by John Carmen on the United Water Conservation District's Saticoy facility.
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Firefighters work to control flames from a backfire during the Maria fire in Santa Paula, California, on Nov. 1, 2019.
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A firefighter douses flames from a backfire during the Maria fire in Santa Paula, California, on Nov. 1, 2019.
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The Maria Fire burns on a hillside as it expands up to 8,000 acres on its first night on Nov.1, 2019, near Somis, California.
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A ranch is threatened by the Maria Fire as it explodes to 8,000 acres on its first night on Nov. 1, 2019, near Somis, California. Southern California has been hit by a series of dangerous, fast-moving wildfires this week as Santa Ana Winds ushered in strong gusts up to 80 mph and extremely low humidity.
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A firefighter throws a flare to start a backfire at the Maria Fire, which exploded to 8,000 acres on its first night, on Nov. 1, 2019, near Somis, California. Southern California has been hit by a series of dangerous, fast-moving wildfires this week as Santa Ana Winds ushered in strong gusts up to 80 mph and extremely low humidity.
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A firefighter shoots a flare gun to start a backfire at the Maria Fire, which exploded to 8,000 acres on its first night, on Nov.1, 2019, near Somis, California. Southern California has been hit by a series of dangerous, fast-moving wildfires this week as Santa Ana Winds ushered in strong gusts up to 80 mph and extremely low humidity.
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Firefighters watch the progress of a backfire they are setting at the Maria Fire, which exploded to 8,000 acres on its first night, on Nov. 1, 2019, near Somis, California. Southern California has been hit by a series of dangerous, fast-moving wildfires this week as Santa Ana Winds ushered in strong gusts up to 80 mph and extremely low humidity.
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Pump jacks at an oil extraction site are seen at the Maria Fire, which exploded to 8,000 acres on its first night on Nov. 1, 2019, near Somis, California. Southern California has been hit by a series of dangerous, fast-moving wildfires this week as Santa Ana Winds ushered in strong gusts up to 80 mph and extremely low humidity.
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A long exposure photo shows the Maria fire as it races across a hillside in Santa Paula, California, on Nov. 1, 2019.
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