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.