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Wildfires burning in Ventura, Los Angeles Counties: What we know

Posted December 5, 2017 4:44 p.m. EST

— Santa Ana winds and dry conditions around Southern California created dangerous conditions for the Thomas Fire, burning in Ventura County, and Creek Fire, burning in Los Angeles County.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Tuesday after both fires scorched thousands of acres.

The Thomas Fire - the largest of two currently burning - ignited Monday night and has forced thousands from their homes, burned more than 100 structures to the ground, and caused at least one death.

The Creek Fire crept up Tuesday morning and has also forced mandatory evacuations outside Los Angeles.

Here's what we know:

Thomas Fire


Acres: 45,000

Containment: 0 percent

Cause: Unknown

Structures destroyed: At least 150 structures

Fatalities: 1

Closures: Hard closure- SR-150 at Reeves Road (east end Ojai Valley), hard closure - SR-150 at Stonegate (Santa Paula), hard closure - SR 150 at Telegraph Road (Santa Paula), hard closure - SR 150 at Richmond Road (Santa Paula), hard closure - Foothill Road at Olive/Cummings/Wells/Briggs (Santa Paula/Ventura area.)

Evacuations: Evacuation map

Creek Fire


Acres: 4,000 acres

Containment: Unknown

Cause: Unknown

Structures destroyed: Unknown

Fatalities: 0

Closures: 11350 N Riverwood Dr; Tujunga / Sunland; 210 Freeway closed both directions from Sunland on the East to the 5 Freeway on the West. The 118 Fwy. interchange at the 210 also closed.

Evacuations: Area of Sayre St. to Little Tujunga and the 118 N Fwy. Area between Sayre St., Telfair Ave. and 210 Fwy in addition to the previously notified areas. Little Tujunga Canyon to Wentworth St., North of 210 Fwy. and the Riverwood.