Maria Fire Forces Massive Evacuations in Ventura County

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A wildfire northwest of Los Angeles has grown but authorities say heavy winds that fan fires have subsided and cold temperatures are reducing the fire’s movement

The Ventura County Fire Department says Friday that the blaze that started on a hilltop Thursday evening near the city of Santa Paula spanned more than 12 square miles, up from 11 square miles earlier.

Evacuation orders were issued to about 7,500 people in an area that includes about 1,800 buildings.

Dozens of schools were closed Friday because of the fire.