California fire map reveals scale of devastation as infernos rip through state
This California fire map reveals the scale of devastation as multiple blazes continue to tear through the state.
The largest inferno, based in Ventura, has swept across nearly 100,000 acres and is only five percent contained.
More than 12,000 acres have been destroyed over in Creek on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
On top of that, firefighters are also dealing with a 7,000 acre blaze in Rye.
A smaller fire over in Little Mountain has now been contained.
Authorities have closed a major freeway as flames from the largest and most destructive Southern California wildfire churn toward coastal and mountain communities northwest of Los Angeles.
Calmer overnight winds on Thursday helped crews protect the Ventura County resort town of Ojai, where most of the 7,000 residents are under evacuation orders.
The National Weather Service says a more favorable wind forecast still calls for potentially dangerous gusts, but ones not likely not to approach historic levels they’d feared.
Officials closed US 101 for more than a dozen miles along the coast, cutting off a major route between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties as fire charred heavy brush along lanes.
Thousands of homes remain threatened by at least four major Southern California wildfires that have destroyed structures and sent residents fleeing.
The cause of the wildfires are unknown. However, four our of five wildfires are started by people.