The Thomas Fire burns a hillside behind Lake Casitas in Ventura, California on Dec. 8, 2017. Kyle Grillot—AFP/Getty Images A resident cries as the Thomas Fire approaches the town of La Conchita early Thursday morning. Wally Skalij—LA Times via Getty Images The Multi Spectral Imager on the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellite captured the Ventura fire in California on Dec. 5, 2017. Active fires appear orange, the burn scar is brown, unburned vegetation is green and developed areas are gray. NASA The southern California wildfires seen by the International Space Station crew. NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik photographed the plumes of smoke. NASA Christmas decorations hang on a tree in a yard on fire during the Lilac fire in Bonsall, California. Sandy Huffaker—AFP/Getty Images A man bicycles past bluffs burned in the Thomas Fire n La Conchita, California. Mario Tama—Getty Images Songsri Kesonchampa tosses a bucket of water onto burning embers across the road from her home beside the US 101 freeway, southbound, in Faria Beach. Frederic J. Brown—AFP/Getty Images A water-dropping helicopter drops its load onto burning homes battling the Lilac fire at Rancho Monserate Country Club. Gina Ferazzi—LA Times via Getty Images Joshua Wolfson, left, waits along with other Bel-Air residents, for a police escort to his apartment on Moraga Drive which is still under evacuation orders due to the Skirball fire in Bel Air. Genaro Molina—LA Times via Getty Images A home burns during the Thomas Fire on in Ojai, California. Mario Tama—Getty Images Firefighters work to save a home from an encroaching fire during the Lilac fire in Bonsall, California. Sandy Huffaker—AFP/Getty Images Trees glow in the wind after being burned in the Lilac Fire in Bonsall, California. Mike Blake—Reuters Clouds of smoke rise behind Sullivan Middle School in Bonsall, California on Dec. 7, 2017. Daniel Knighton—Getty Images Firefighters monitor a section of the Thomas Fire along the 101 freeway on Dec. 7, 2017 north of Ventura, California. Mario Tama—Getty Images Firefighters monitor the Thomas Fire. Mario Tama—Getty Images A handout photo by NASA shows a Aqua/Terra/MODIS satellite image of the Thomas Fire in southern California. EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock A car drives past as the Thomas Fire burns a hillside south of Casitas Springs, California, Dec. 6, 2017. Kyle Grillot—AFP/Getty Images Heavy smoke covers the seaside enclave of Mondos Beach beside the 101 highway during the Thomas wildfire. Mark Ralston—AFP/Getty Images A family wears face masks as they walk through the smoke filled streets from the Thomas wildfire. Mark Ralston—AFP/Getty Images An Erickson Inc. Air Crane firefighting helicopter makes a water drop during the Skirball Fire in the Bel Air neighborhood. Patrick T. Fallon—Bloomberg A firefighter hoses down the perimeter of a partially burned home during the Skirball Fire. Patrick T. Fallon—Bloomberg The silhouettes of firefighters are seen while working at a home during the Skirball Fire. Patrick T. Fallon—Bloomberg Dawn Reily (L) whose home was destroyed by the 'Thomas Fire' is comforted by neighbor Joyce George (R) in Ventura, California. Mike Nelson—EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Helicopters transport water as smoke billows from the Thomas Fire on Dec. 6. Justin L. Stewart—Anadolu Agency/Getty Images The beach next to Ventura Pier is surrounded with smoke from the Thomas fire in Ventura. Justin L. Stewart—Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Trees are seen through the haze at the burnt out Vista del Mar Hospital from the Thomas wildfire. Mark Ralston—AFP/Getty Images A firefighter watches as a helicopter drop water over the Moraga Estate, the only working winery in Bel Air and home to Rupert Murdoch. Frederic J. Brown—AFP/Getty Images A huge plume of black smoke rises from a burning home on a hilltop beside one still standing in Bel Air, east of the 405 freeway. Frederic J. Brown—AFP/Getty Images Evacuees from the 'Thomas Fire' talk on cellphones in the Ventura County Fairgrounds evacuation center. Mike Neslon/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock NELSON/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Firefighters work to save burning houses along Linda Flora Drive during the Skirball Fire. Kyle Grillot—AFP/Getty Images A house is threatened by wildfire along Linda Flora Drive during the Skirball Fire. Kyle Grillot—AFP/Getty Images A firefighter observes a fire tornado from an overpass above the 101 freeway. Wally Skalij—LA Times via Getty Images The Thomas Fire burns along the Northbound 101 freeway. Wally Skalij—LA Times via Getty Images Firefighter Ray Schiller hits a hot spot on a fire ravaged home in Bel Air. Genaro Molina—LA Times via Getty Images The Thomas Fire reaches the Northbound 101 freeway north of Ventura Wednesday threatening beachfront homes. Wally Skalij—LA Times via Getty Images A lone tree burns during the Creek Fire in Los Angeles, California on Dec. 5. Ronen Tivony—NurPhoto via Getty Images A house engulfed in flames as the Creek Fire burns in Los Angeles. Ronen Tivony—NurPhoto via Getty Images A resident hoses a burning palm tree during the Creek Fire. David McNew—Getty Images A man watches as the Creek Fire burns behind a hillside near houses in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. Kyle Grillot—AFP/Getty Images Fire authorities gather at the command center near Hansen Dam in San Fernando Valley to work on a plan to fight the wildfire burning though the area in Los Angeles. Richard Vogel—AP/REX/Shutterstock One of many home destroyed by an early-morning Creek Fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2017. Gene Blevins—Reuters The Thomas Fire burns along a hillside near Santa Paula, California. Kyle Grillot—AFP/Getty Images Dozens of homes are destroyed in a neighborhood in view of the Thomas fire from helicopter. Brian van der Brug—LA Times via Getty Images
With wildfires burning out of control in Southern California, it’s hard to keep track of where things stand. While social media is filled with terrifying images, it’s still difficult to comprehend the extent of the devastation.
Firefighters are currently
battling at least six blazes. The Thomas Fire in Ventura County, the Rye Fire near Santa Clara, the Creek Fire located north of downtown Los Angeles, and the Skirball Fire that is threatening dozens of Hollywood homes. Thursday, two new fires—the Lilac Fire in San Diego county and the Liberty Fire near Murrieta—emerged.
Here’s a look at the current status of each, summarized using updates from the
Los Angeles Fire Department, the city’s Emergency Management Department, and Cal Fire. We will continue to update this post regularly. The Big Picture Acreage – 159,198 (249 square miles, the size of Virginia Beach. Should another 34,200 acres burn, the fires will reach the size of New York City.) Evacuations – 260,000 people (roughly equivalent to the entire population of St. Petersburg, Fla.) Winds – could hit 50-60 mph Homes and businesses threatened – More than 22,920 Homes and businesses damaged or destroyed – 162 Thomas Fire Size – 132,000 acres Containment – 10% Homes and businesses threatened – 15,000 Homes and businesses damaged or destroyed – 106 (Last update: Dec. 8 at 6:42am PT) Creek Fire Size – 15,323 acres Containment – 20% Homes and businesses threatened – 2,500 Homes and businesses damaged or destroyed – 30 (Last update: Dec. 7 at 8:28pm PT) Rye Fire Size – 7,000 acres Containment – 25% Homes and businesses threatened – 5,420 Homes and businesses damaged or destroyed – 1 (Last update: Dec. 7 at 6:42pm PT) Skirball Fire Size – 475 acres Containment – 30% Homes and businesses threatened – unknown Homes and businesses damaged or destroyed – 18 (Last update: Dec. 7 at 5:00pm PT) Liberty Fire Size – 300 acres Containment – 10% Homes and businesses threatened – unknown Homes and businesses damaged or destroyed – 2 (Last update: Dec. 7 at 8:07pm PT) Lilac Fire Size – 4,100 acres Containment – 30% Homes and businesses threatened – unknown Homes and businesses damaged or destroyed – 5 destroyed, unknown number damaged (Last update: Dec. 7 at 7:39pm PT)