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A man runs through he flames from the Thomas Fire to save his cats at his home along Highway 33 in Casita Springs, California. Levels in Goleta showed air quality there to be "very unhealthy" and for the first time since the fire broke out Monday evening, Lompoc came in at "unhealthy".

Meanwhile, the Thomas Fire continues to chew up large swaths of Ventura County, where 65,000 acres are burning. "Authorities say they are conducting damage assessments in the area to determine how many homes have been damaged".

Three firefighters were injured and hospitalised in stable condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The Rye Fire in Los Angeles County has burned 7,000 acres, is 15 percent contained and threatens more than 5,400 structures. However, although numerous freeway closures are significantly affecting LAX-bound traffic, the airport itself is not facing any major flight delays at this time. Doors and windows were closed in a bid to protect the priceless possessions inside.

The National Weather Service has extended a Red Flag Warning across much of the Southern California region through Saturday.

Here's what you need to know about the infernos engulfing southern California.

ThomasFire [update] Hwy 150 and Hwy 126, north of Santa Paula (Ventura County) is now 96,000 acres and 5% contained.

California's Santa Ana winds are intensifying the blazes, fanning the flames across the state's dry foothills. The northbound and southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway, which had previously been shut, have been reopened, KCBS reported.

"Leaving an animal behind the way you have to do in a situation like this rips your heart out", she said.

Shares of Edison International resumed declines on Wednesday, a day after their biggest slump in 15 years wiped out more than $3 billion in market value.

Residents of wealthy LA neighborhoods between Mulholland Drive to the north and Sunset Boulevard to the south were part of the evacuation zone.

Amid growing calls for his resignation, Senator Al Franken announced this morning that he will be giving a speech on the Senate floor before noon.