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By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesty Ventura County Fire Department

December 5, 2017 (San Diego) – At least 150 families have lost their homes just weeks before the holidays, due to fast moving brush fires fueled by Santa Winds across southern California. 

Most devastating is the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, which has scorched 50,000 acres and forced 30,000 people to evacuate; the blaze is 50% contained.  In Los Angeles County, the Creek Fire has burned 11,000 acres with no containment thus far;  the Rye Fire charred 5,000 acres and is 50% contained. 

In San Bernadino County, the Meyers Fire forced shut down of Highway 15 and Highway 215 though most lanes are now reopened.  It charred 35 acres and is 50% contained.

 In Riverside County, the Riverdale Fire burned 40 acres and is 50% contained.

One person died in today’s fires and three others were hospitalized with burns.

If you  are traveling check for road closures; earlier today I-5 was closed at the Grapevine and many other major roadways were also impacted. A red flag warning remains in effect for the next couple of days so the potential for more explosive fire growth remains across Southern California.

Locally, one small fire erupted in Jamul on Lyons Valley Road, caused by a lost hiker lighting a flare, but fortunately fire crews held the fire to a half acre.

Below are highlights of these fires as of 7:30 p.m.: 

Creek Fire: more info...

Updated: December 05, 2017 12:56 pm


Los Angeles County  


Kagel Canyon Rd, north of Lake View terrace  

Acres Burned - Containment:

11,000 acres  



Thomas Fire: more info...

Updated: December 05, 2017 2:19 pm


Ventura County  


Hwy 150 and Hwy 126, north of Santa Paula  

Acres Burned - Containment:

50,000 acres  

Evacuation Info:


VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS: Residents in the City of Ventura south of Loma Vista, east of Day Road, West of Victoria Avenue and north of Telegraph Road.

Residents in the City of Ventura, east of Victoria north of Loma Vista South of Foothill west of Wells Road.

EVACUATION SHELTERS: Ventura County Fairgrounds at Miners Building (Includes an Animal Shelter for all types of animals.) – 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001

Nordhoff High School -1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023

Oxnard College Gymnasium - Open 12/5/17, 0700



Meyers Fire: more info...

Updated: December 05, 2017 6:42 pm


San Bernardino County  


near the Hwy 15 and Hwy 215 junction, near Glen Helen Regional Park  

Acres Burned - Containment:

34 acres - 50% contained

Forward progress stopped.  



Rye Fire: more info...

Updated: December 05, 2017 3:25 pm


Los Angeles County  


along Rye Canyon Loop, west Valencia  

Acres Burned - Containment:

5,000 acres - 5% contained  



Riverdale Fire: more info...

Updated: December 04, 2017 9:01 pm


Riverside County  


Riverdale Place and Lakeview Ave, Santa Ana Riverbed  

Acres Burned - Containment:

40 acres - 50% contained  


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