Four fires are burning across Southern California this morning:
Creek Fire (Sylmar): 11,00 acres
- Prompted mandatory evacuations and closures near Kagel Canyon and Sylmar.
- At least 16 evacuation shelters were put in place.
- At least 15 schools were closed.
Rye Fire (Santa Clarita): 7,000 acres
- 1,300 homes were asked to ecavuate in the Westridge area as well as schools on Valencia Boulevard in Stevenson Ranch
- As of 4 p.m. yesterday, the fire was 5% contained
- The Valencia Travel Village motor home park near Highway 126 was also evacuated
- Strong wind gusts of up to 60 mph fanned the fire.
Thomas Fire (Ventura County): 65,000 acres
- 2,500 homes were under mandatory evacuation
- More than 150 structures, including a 60-unit apartment complex, have been destroyed
- Over 12,000 structures are threatened, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
- Power has been knocked out for more than 190,000 customers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties
Sirball Fire (Bel-Air): 11,000 acres
- Wednesday morning a fire engulfed an area near the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center.
- More than 200 firefighters were on the scene.
- More than 38,000 people have been evacuated, and officials have gone door-to-door to enforce mandatory evacuations.
- The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District closed all of its schools for the day.