California Fire Map: Locations of Current Wildfires

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Several dangerous wildfires have broken out in California this week. The extremely dry conditions in the southern part of the state have increased the likelihood of wildfires.

“This year … no rain came in September, October and November in Southern California. So we have incredibly desiccated dry fuels,” said CAL Fire’s Tim Chavez.

Santa Paula’s Thomas Fire was the first and is the largest wildfire, currently engulfing 65,000 acres. Next, the Creek Fire, located in Los Angeles County, was reported. There are currently 11,000 acres involved in that fire. A third fire, Santa Clarita’s Rye Fire, has grown to over 7,000 acres. And, one of the most recent fires, the Skirball Fire, has consumed 50 acres, but could grow much larger as the day progresses.

These brush fires have all increased in their intensity due to the gusty winds in the area.

The National Weather Service has issued “red flag warnings” for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. These warnings are in effect through Friday.

“The Santa Ana winds combined with humidities in the teens and single digits, along with very dry fuels, will bring an extended period of critical fire weather conditions to much of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, with extremely critical conditions today and again Thursday due to the strong and damaging winds. If fire ignitions occur, there is a high likelihood of very rapid fire spread, long range spotting, and extreme fire behavior. Other potential impacts included downed trees and power lines, blowing dust and debris, and power outages, especially today and Thursday,” read the warnings, in part.

So far, hundreds of homes have been destroyed and thousands of people have been displaced, many being forced to evacuate as the flames tear through their neighborhoods.

Governor Jerry Brown has declared states of emergency in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

“It’s critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so,” Brown said in a statement, according to the Washington Post.

Below you will find information on some of the active wildfires in California:


Thomas fire map

Ventura County Fire Department

The Thomas Fire is located in Ventura County. It has spread to over 65,000 acres as of Wednesday, December 6. The fire started near Steckel Park, which is located at 8080 Mistletoe Road, just off of Highway 150.

Evacuation centers have been set up at the Ventura County Fairgrounds at Miners Building at 10 W Harbor Blvd. in Ventura and at Nordhoff High School at 1401 Maricopa Highway in Ojai.

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The Creek Fire is located in Los Angeles County. It has spread to over 11,000 acres as of Wednesday, December 6, according to the latest update from CAL Fire.

Evacuation centers have been set up at the Sylmar Recreation Center, 13109 Borden Ave., and Sunland Senior Center, 8640 Fenwick Street, both of which accept small pets.


The Rye Fire is located in Los Angeles County. As of Wednesday, December 6, it had burned through over 7,000 acres of land with just 5% containment.

Residents needing to evacuate may seek shelter at Valencia High School at 27801 Dickason Drive.

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The Skirball Fire is located at N. Sepulveda Blvd. at I-405 in Los Angeles County. According to CAL Fire, there are currently 50 acres burning in this fire.

Mandatory evacuations have been issued in Bel Air. The 405 Freeway in Bentwood has also been closed as crews try to contain this blaze.

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