VENTURA, Calif. (KMOX/AP) – Best known in St. Louis for winning Game 1 of the 2006 World Series vs Justin Verlander, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Anthony Reyes is reportedly fighting the massive wildfires in the Southern California area.

After his five-year MLB career, he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a firefighter in his hometown of Los Angeles earlier this year.

On Wednesday, Cardinals Magazine tweeted, letting people know that Reyes is on the “front lines fighting California Wildfires.”

Four major fires stretching from the edge of Los Angeles to the beachfront city of Ventura 60 miles north have prompted the evacuation of about 200,000 people and destroyed more than 150 homes.

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Vehicles pass beside a wall of flames on the 101 highway as it reaches the coast during the Thomas wildfire near Ventura, California on December 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON

Forecasters say a more favorable wind forecast still calls for potentially dangerous gusts across the region. Residents of 300 homes in the oceanfront city of Carpinteria were ordered to leave Thursday.

Authorities have closed a major freeway as flames from the largest and most destructive Southern California wildfire churn toward coastal and mountain communities northwest of Los Angeles.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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