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.
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:
Here’s a list of some ways to help fire victims: http://sacb.ee/c4w7.
Here are maps of the fire zones and evacuations:
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