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Impact of Southern California’s major wildfires

Flames, smoke and devastation have permeated the Southland as several major wildfires continue to scorch the region Friday.

As of 8:30 a.m., here’s the latest facts and figures we have on the Thomas, Creek, Skirball and Rye fires burning in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, along with the Liberty and Lilac fires in Riverside and San Diego counties.

(Figures will be updated as new information becomes available)

Fires’ impact across Southern California

Nearly 159,000 acres have been burned in the Southland. That’s more than 245 square miles.
More than 200 homes have been destroyed, along with dozens of other structures.
Over 200,000 people have been displaced by the fires.
Roughly 8,700 firefighters are working to save lives, homes and land in the region.
80 mph wind gusts were reported in some areas.
About 750 animals are being cared for by Ventura County Animal Services, including more than 150 horses.

VCAS is caring for over 150 horses displaced by the  between Cam Shelter and the VC Fairgrounds. 

184 animals are being sheltered by Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control.

Here’s how the fires are looking individually.

Thomas fire in Ventura County


132,000 acres burned
10% containment
2,509 firefighters on scene
88,000+ residents evacuated
401 structures destroyed
81 structures damaged

Creek fire in northeast San Fernando Valley


15,323 acres burned
40% containment
2,295 firefighters on scene
33 homes and 32 other structures destroyed
28 homes and 19 other structures damaged
2,500 structures threatened
9 helicopters in battle
2 injuries reported
265 Los Angeles Unified School District campuses closed Thursday and Friday due to the fire.

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Skirball fire in Los Angeles

475 acres burned
30% containment
808 firefighters on scene
6 homes destroyed
12 structures damaged
700 homes evacuated

Rye fire in Santa Clarita area


6,049 acres burned (CalFire downgraded acreage Friday morning)
35% containment
901 firefighters on scene
1 structure destroyed
5,420 structures threatened
4 aircraft in battle
1 firefighter injured

Fire map

This interactive map shows where the four fires are burning.

Inmate firefighters in the battle

Nearly 3,000 volunteer inmate firefighters from California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are either working the fire lines or providing backup throughout the region.
685 are assigned to Thomas fire.
268 are assigned to Creek fire.
214 are assigned to Rye fire.
121 are assigned to Skirball fire.
The remaining crew members are on the move to assist other firefighting efforts.


On Thursday afternoon, two new major fires flared up in Southern California.

Liberty fire in Murrieta area of Riverside County

300 acres burned (as of 8 p.m. Thursday)
59% containment
300 firefighters on scene
1 structure, 1 outbuilding destroyed
16 air tankers in battle

Lilac fire in San Diego County

4,100 acres burned (as of 8 p.m. Thursday)
0% containment
65 structures destroyed
2 firefighters, 4 civilians injured

source: daily news

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