Winds whip up California fires, prompting evacuations

  • Ryan Cullom/Ventura County Fire Department via AP

    In this photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, a firefighter works to put out a blaze early Tuesday in Santa Paula, Calif.

  • AP Photo/Noah Berger

    Smoke rises behind a leveled apartment complex as a wildfire burns in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday.

VENTURA, Calif. — Raked by ferocious Santa Ana winds, explosive wildfires northwest of Los Angeles and in the city’s foothills burned a psychiatric hospital and scores of other structures Tuesday and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.