Updated at 8:45 p.m. Monday (will continue to update with new info):
Two major wildfires are still burning in Southern California, and the Thomas Fire is the only one not near full containment and still growing.
The Creek and Thomas fires in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties, which started between Dec. 4 and Dec. 7, have prompted the evacuation of more than 200,000 residents, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. About 800 structures have been destroyed as well. One person’s death has been attributed to the fires, and dozens of horses have died, according to Fox News.
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The Thomas fire had reached 237,500 acres and was 25 percent contained as of Wednesday morning, according to Cal Fire. Cal Fire, Ventura County Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest and Ventura City Fire are all involved in the fire fight. Cal Firevia Facebook
The Liberty Fire in Riverside was 100 percent contained by about 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and held at 300 acres. The Rye Fire in the Santa Clarita area of Los Angeles County was listed as fully contained at 5:42 p.m. Dec. 12 after burning 6,049 acres. The Skirball Fire (Los Angeles County) was 100 percent contained as of Friday evening. San Diego County’s Lilac Fire was fully contained as of Saturday morning.
Here’s a look at other fires:
- The Thomas Fire (Ventura and Santa Barbara counties) has reached 271,000 acres, and was 50 percent contained as of Monday night, according to authorities. It is threatening 18,000 structures, and has destroyed 1,024 of them. They expected more favorable firefighting conditions Monday, with less wind and higher humidity.
- The Creek Fire (Los Angeles County) had burned 15,619 acres and was 98 percent contained as of Sunday morning, with no new updates Monday. Authorities estimate the fire will be contained by Dec. 23.
How to stay up to date on the latest fire information:
- Follow Cal Fire on Twitter and Facebook. Also visit its current incidents page.
- Ready Ventura County is offering details on evacuations, available shelters, and school and road closures.
- The Red Crosses of Ventura and Los Angeles counties are also providing shelter locations and evacuation updates.
You can also call these phone numbers, according to Cal Fire:
Related stories from Sacramento Bee
Cal Fire reminds those in any potential evacuation zone to "remember the 6 P's" in case of evacuation. These are the top six important items that you will want to have ready to go. All are important, but some are more crucial that others (e.g. No. 1). Cal Fire on Facebook
Here’s a list of some ways to help fire victims: http://sacb.ee/c4w7.
Here are maps of the fire zones and evacuations:
Red circles or squares on this map are actively burning areas, as detected by satellite. Orange circles have burned in the past 12 to 24 hours, and yellow circles have burned within the past 48 hours. Yellow areas represent the fire perimeter.
Along the California coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara the state's biggest wildfire approached beach communities as flames leapt from steep hillsides across US Highway 101 on Thursday. The flames forced an evacuation of dozens of homes at Faria Beach. The massive fire also threatened Ojai, a scenic mountain town of 7,000 people dubbed "Shangri-La" and known for its boutique hotels and New Age spiritual retreats. KEYT via AP
Mandatory evacuation orders were issued on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, after the Skirball Fire burned along 405 Freeway. The fire started just after 4 a.m. and was accompanied by 25 mph Santa Ana winds, according to NBC Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times reported more than 50 acres had burned by 6:20 am Wednesday and homes were on fire. Traffic was congested after Caltrans ordered the closure of Interstate 405 between Highway 101 and Interstate 10, the report said. This video shows the fire burning along the highway, as well as the gridlock conditions. Instagram/raw__g via Storyful
Some progress was made battling the fires in Southern California, but now firefighters must now brace themselves for extreme wind that could spark new fires or grow smaller ones. Meta ViersMcClatchy
The Six P’s of Evacuation
Officials advise everyone to be prepared for evacuations by having a plan to get these six major categories of important things out.
- People and pets
- Papers (important documents)
- “Plastic” (credit cards and such)
- Personal computer
- More info: www.readyforwildfire.org/Prepare-Your-Family/
Source: Cal Fire