Southern California looks like an opening to hell right now, with multiple unconstrained fires raging across over 300 square kilometres.

More than 230,000 people have been forced to evacuate, as a series of Santa Ana winds have ballooned the fires and hindered firefighter efforts.

Footage taken from near the Skirball fire, which ignited around 5am local time and quickly engulfed 150 aces, is going viral on social media.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection confirmed that three other fires were burning, most with 0% containment.

At least four to six homes have been destroyed in the Skirball fire, according to the LA Times, with 11 structures damaged. At least 150 structures have been damaged in the Thomas fire, and 30 structures destroyed in the Creek fire.

The department is also warning people that wild animals fleeing the fires may show up in on their property, and asking people to leave out buckets of water for them.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Tuesday.

“This fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly,” he said. “It’s critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so.”

Firefighters try and save a home along Linda Flora Dr. in Bel Air, where the Skirball fire prompted a full closure of the 405 Freeway as well as mandatory evacuations in an area of multimillion-dollar homes Wednesday morning, December 6, 2017. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

 

Authorities are warning that the winds will likely remain strong until Friday, with the National Weather Services predicting winds could reach up to 112km/h and more “extremely critical fire weather”.

Celebrities are among those evacuating.

Thankfully, no deaths or injuries have yet been reported.

Image: Getty Images / Mario Tama