Photos: Firefighters work tirelessly to protect Ventura, Los Angeles amidst explosive wildfires
December 07, 2017; 11:19 AM
Firefighters struggle to contain six explosive wildfires that burn throughout Southern California.
The fires have forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate and have caused damage to tens of thousands of structures.
Wildfire control efforts are further hindered by ferocious Santa Ana winds, which will continue to whip through Southern California the rest of this week. The winds threaten to spread the existing blazes and cause any new fires to spread rapidly.
The largest of five active fires, the Thomas Fire, began on Monday in Ventura County, California, prompting the start of control and rescue efforts. The fire burned around 132,000 acres and only five percent was contained as of Thursday evening. It continues to threaten tens of thousands of structures with hundreds already destroyed.
In Los Angeles County, the Creek Fire and Rye Fire have burned 15,323 acres and 6,049 acres, respectively. Both fires triggered evacuation orders and road closures, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
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A dangerous wildfire erupted in the tony Bel Air area of Los Angeles early on Wednesday, as firefighters battled the three other destructive blazes across Southern California. This fire is being called the Skirball Fire.
The Skirball Fire raged into a wealthy Southern California neighborhood, destroying at least six homes, threatening hundreds more and scorching a building at a winery owned by billionaire Rupert Murdoch, according to the Associated Press.
Two more wildfires broke out in San Diego County around midday Thursday. The Lilac Fire and the Liberty Fire began around the same time, burning 4,100 acres and 300 acres, respectively.
More lives and homes will be threatened, and firefighters will need to continue their efforts to tame the flames throughout this week.
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) December 6, 2017
For some it might just be a cat. But to others it's a friend, a loved one, a companion. The #LAPD has a motto, "To Protect and to Serve", and our officers have been displaying that in many ways during the #CreekFire & #SkirballFire pic.twitter.com/kmyHhvy9Fe
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) December 7, 2017