Wildfires Burn Through Southern California

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.

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