#BREAKING: Ongoing Coverage of Wildfires in California

AlBoeNEWS’ ongoing coverage of the fires in California. We will provide updates as soon as they become available, and will be published under the corresponding fire name. New fires will be added if needed.


The Skirball fire broke out Wednesday in California as wildfires have taken over throughout the southern portion of the state. (source) 4:10 p.m. ET December 6, 2017

The Skirball Fire is now 45% contained, but evacuations remain in place in and around Bel Air. So far, 6 structures have been destroyed, and a dozen more damaged. It has consumed at least 475 acres, fueled by strong winds. (source) 4:07 p.m. ET December 9, 2017


The Lilac Fire broke out in San Diego County near I-15. Two structures have been destroyed and 12 others have been damaged. Reports on the ground say that the smoke from the fire was so thick that it has been blotting out the sun. (source) 5:00 p.m. ET December 7, 2017

Hundreds of horses, as well as many dogs and cats, were evacuated from the fire to Del Mar for shelter. There, they are being taken care of by veterinarians and volunteers. (source) 4:06 p.m. ET December 8, 2017

At least 25 horses died at the San Luis Rey Downs horse-training center due to the fire. Staff attempted to evacuate the hundreds of horses there, but were unable to save all of them, as fire quickly encroached. The horses had to be set free due to the dangerous conditions, but many did not know where to go, either dying from smoke inside the stalls, or running onto the race track. (source) 5:12 p.m. ET December 8, 2017

The fire is over 4,000 acres and is 20% contained. Over 100 structures have been destroyed, and 1,500 more remain threatened by the fire. Over 800 firefighters are deployed. (source) 4:05 p.m. ET December 9, 2017


The Thomas Fire has now burned over 148,000 acres in Ventura County, and is at 15% containment. The fire broke out on Tuesday, quickly growing to be a massive blaze, fueled by dry conditions and high winds. One person has died in relation to the wildfire, after getting into a car collision in a mandatory evacuation area. More than 27,000 people have been evacuated. The most recent assessment says that 537 structures have been destroyed, while 15,000 more remain threatened. Nearly 4,000 firefighters have been deployed. (source) 4:06 p.m. ET December 9, 2017


The Creek Fire, burning near Los Angeles, has consumed over 15,600 acres and is 80% contained at this time. 61 residential buildings and 51 outbuildings have been damaged or destroyed, and 2 firefighters sustained significant injuries while battling the blaze. Over 2,000 firefighters are working to combat the blaze. Limekiln Canyon remains closed, including Santiago Estates. (source) 4:07 p.m. ET December 9, 2017


The Rye Fire in Santa Clarita is now 65% contained. The fire started on Tuesday, threatening thousands of homes. 900 firefighters have been dispatched to fight the blaze, which has consumed over 6,000 acres. At this time, all evacuation orders had been lifted, and only one structure was destroyed. The fire has not grown overnight. (source) 4:07 p.m. ET December 9, 2017


The Liberty Fire has broken out on Thursday, quickly growing to over 100 acres in Riverside County, threatening homes. Over 100 firefighters have been deployed to battle the fire. It is currently growing at a moderate to rapid rate. (source) 5:48 p.m. ET December 7, 2017

The Liberty Fire is now 300 acres and is at 90% containment. 1 structure has been destroyed. All evacuations have been lifted. The fire is expected to be fully contained by tonight. (source) 4:07 p.m. ET December 9, 2017


The Little Mountain Fire was contained fully as of Wednesday night. The blaze scorched around 260-acres in San Bernardino. Several hundred homes were saved from the fire, but two people were hospitalized from burns. (source) 5:12 p.m. ET December 7, 2017

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