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(LOS ANGELES) — Erratic winds and triple-digit temperatures are feeding fast-moving fires that are burning across Southern California amid a record heat wave.

As Los Angeles hit a high of 101 degrees Monday, twin wildfires called the Reservoir and the Fish burned through the San Gabriel Valley area near the city, forcing evacuations.

The fires have burned a total of 5,400 acres combined and neither has been contained as of Tuesday morning, according to Angeles National Forest officials.

Some firefighters told ABC News these were the hottest conditions they’ve ever had to work under.

Here’s one view of the Reservoir fire Monday afternoon:

#ReservoirFire Video of the Fire from the Command Post pic.twitter.com/0lmTEqCiRg

— Angeles_NF (@Angeles_NF) June 20, 2016

And a view of the Fish fire Monday night:

A view of the #FishFire tonite. If #LASD deps ask you to evacuate, please do so. Bring your meds & important docs. pic.twitter.com/v3vlfU35iP

— Sergeant Bob (@LASDBob) June 21, 2016

Fires have threatened areas north and south of Los Angeles, too. In the San Diego-area town of Potrero, a blaze called the Border Fire tore through about 1,500 acres this weekend, forcing evacuations.

In the Santa Barbara area, the Sherpa fire, which began last week, has burned more than 7,000 acres.

The threat of fires is extending beyond the Golden State — there are at least 17 large wildfires burning in eight western states, including Alaska.

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