Updated at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday (will continue to update with new info):
Four major wildfires are still burning in Southern California, and most are nearing full containment – except for the Thomas Fire.
The Creek, Lilac, Rye, Skirball and Thomas fires in Ventura, San Diego and Los Angeles counties, which started between Dec. 4 and Thursday, 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. Saturday 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. Tuesday. Here’s a look at other fires:
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- The Thomas Fire (Ventura County), which is the largest, had burned 236,000 acres and was 25 percent contained as of Tuesday night, according to authorities. It is threatening 18,000 structures; has destroyed a total of 897 structures, including 701 single-family residences; and there’s still “extreme fire behavior.”
- The Lilac Fire broke out at 11 a.m. Thursday in San Diego County, prompting evacuations. Evacuation orders were lifted as of 4 p.m. Sunday. It was 4,100 acres, according to Cal Fire, and was 95 percent contained as of Tuesday night.
- The Creek Fire (Los Angeles County) had burned 15,619 acres and was 98 percent contained Tuesday night.
- The Skirball Fire (Los Angeles County) had burned 422 acres with 85 percent containment Monday night, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. It had destroyed six structures and damaged 12 others.
How to stay up to date on the latest fire information:
- Follow Cal Fire on Twitter and Facebook. Also visit its current incidents page.
- Cal Fire San Diego is updating people on the Lilac Fire.
- For the latest on the Liberty Fire, contact the city of Murrieta emergency operations center at 951-696-3615, visit www.MurrietaCa.gov, and/or follow @MurrietaFire, @CityofMurrieta and @MurrietaPD on Facebook and Twitter.
- 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.
- Check out the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Twitter account.
You can also call these phone numbers, according to Cal Fire:
- Ventura County (Thomas Fire): 805-465-6650
- Los Angeles County (Rye Fire): 424-266-0701
- Los Angeles County: 323-881-2412
Here’s a list of some ways to help fire victims: http://sacb.ee/c4w7.
The National Weather Service Los Angeles has a smoke model graphic for the areas affected:
In the San Diego area, Santa Ana winds will continue through Sunday with strongest winds Sunday morning:
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