Southern California Wildfires, December 2017

06 Dec 2017

Several fast-moving wildfires have raged in Southern California, starting on Monday, December 4, with the largest still burning largely out of control. The largest of the fires, the Thomas fire, began in Santa Paula, Ventura County. The fire spread quickly and is now the fourth-largest in California’s recorded fire history. The fire has scorched 242,500 acres of land, burned over 1,000 structures and claimed 2 lives, including a firefighter battling the blaze. The fire has now spread into Santa Barbara County as well, threatening the communities of Carpentaria, Summerland, and Montecito. The fire is 30% contained and is not expected to be fully controlled for weeks.

Four other fires broke out in the region as well. In Los Angeles County, the Skirball fire is 90% contained, the Creek fire 98% contained, and the Rye fire is fully contained. The Lilac fire in San Diego County is 90% contained.

Strong Santa Ana winds, low humidity, and a dry summer across the state have created a perfect environment for wildfires to burn and make it very difficult for firefighters to control.

 

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