Southern California fires: Get the latest on each blaze

Wildfires have ripped across Southern California for more than a week, burning hundreds of thousands of acres, destroying hundreds of structures and forcing numerous residents from their homes.

While some blazes are nearing containment, others are still raging.

The cause of the fires remain under investigation, various fire agencies said on Monday.

Here’s updates of six of the fires:


It was spreading through parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. On Monday, Dec. 11, thousands of residents remained under evacuation orders, with the blaze moving west through Carpinteria and Montecito, coastal Santa Barbara County cities. The more-recent spread of the fire has been in the eastern and northern fronts in unoccupied areas of Los Padres National Forest.

Acres: 230,500

Containment: 15 percent

Structures destroyed: 794

Structures damaged: 187

Date began: Dec. 4


It has brought destruction to Sylmar, Sunland-Tujunga, Lake View Terrace and the Angeles National Forest. It was fueled early on by gusts as strong as 70 miles per hour. Like some other Southern California blazes, it has forced the evacuation of homes and days-long closures or disruption of schools. Seven firefighters battling the blaze have been injured.

Acres: 15,619

Containment: 95 percent

Structures destroyed: 123

Structures damaged: 80

Date began: Dec. 5


On the same day the Creek fire began, the Rye fire broke out on about 11 miles to the northwest. It ignited near Rye Canyon Loop and spread quickly when powerful winds fanned flames. By Monday, Dec. 11, the fire was expected to be contained by Friday.

Acres: 6,049

Containment: 93 percent

Structures destroyed: 6

Structures damaged: 3

Date began: Dec. 5


Firefighters gained more ground over the weekend on the Lilac fire, south of Fallbrook. Improving weather conditions could help them continue the progress. The Lilac fire, much like the Creek fire, claimed the lives of horses. At least 25 horses at the San Luis Rey Downs training center in Bonsall died. The center was home to 400-500 owned by trainers across Southern California.

Acres: 4,100

Containment: 80 percent

Structures destroyed: 151

Structures damaged: 56

Date began: Dec. 7


It plagued areas near some of greater Los Angeles’ gems, such as The Getty Center and UCLA. Both had to be closed. It also destroyed six homes in the ritzy Bel-Air enclave.

Containment: 85 percent

Structures destroyed: 6

Structures damaged: 12

Date began: Dec. 6


Firefighters got to 100 percent containment on this Murrieta on Saturday and continued to monitoring the burn area as Santa Ana winds were expected to continue to pass through.

Acres: 300

Containment: 100 percent

Structures destroyed: 7

Structures damaged: N/A

Date began: Dec. 7

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