A new wildfire erupted on a mountaintop north of Los Angeles Thursday night, quickly growing to 8,300 acres (13 square miles). The blaze grew quickly despite calmer weather that enabled firefighters to add to containment of multiple wildfires elsewhere in the state.

Hundreds of firefighters joined forces to battle the Maria Fire, which began at approximately 6:30 p.m. Some 7,500 people in the vicinity were ordered to evacuate.

Earlier in the day, two fast-moving wildfires exploded in Southern California, fueled by powerful Santa Ana winds. One of them, the Hillside Fire in San Bernardino, east of Los Angeles, prompted mandatory evacuations and destroyed at least six homes. Some residents refused to leave.. Firefighters raced to battle the Maria Fire, which began at approximately 6:30 PT,

Firefighters in California have been batting numerous blazes nonstop, trying to save millions of people and homes from the flames.

The biggest fire, the Kincade Fire, has incinerated parts of the wine country in Sonoma County since last week. Further south, multiple wildfires continue spreading near Los Angeles

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