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A series of 29 wildfires ignited across Southern California in December 2017. Six of the fires became significant wildfires, and led to widespread evacuations and property losses. The wildfires burned over 307,900 acres (1,246 km), and caused traffic disruptions, school closures, hazardous air conditions, and power outages; over 230,000 people were forced to evacuate.

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Thomas Fire (Ventura County)

The Thomas Fire was a massive wildfire that affected Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and one of multiple wildfires that ignited in southern California in December 2017.

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Creek, Rye and Skirball Wildfires (Los Angeles County)

Creek Fire

The Creek Fire was reported on December 5, 2017, at 3:44 AM PST, on Kagel Canyon Road, north of Los Angeles.

The Creek Fire has burned 15,619 acres (63 km) and destroyed 123 structures, including 60 homes, before being contained on January 9, 2018, following heavy rainfall from a winter storm.

Rye Fire

The Rye Fire, was reported as a small brush fire at 9:32 AM PST on December 5, 2017, on Rye Canyon Loop in Santa Clarita, California. The fire was named for Rye Canyon Loop where it originated.

The fire threatened over 5,000 structures, including Six Flags Magic Mountain, and threatened the communities of Santa Clarita, Valencia and Castaic Junction and impacted traffic on Interstate 5. The Rye Fire burned a total of 6,049 acres (24.48 km), before it was fully contained on December 12.

Skirball Fire

The Skirball Fire was a wildfire that burned in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States, and one of multiple wildfires that broke out across Southern California in December 2017.

On December 12, it was reported on that the fire had been sparked by an illegal cooking fire at a homeless encampment within the pass.

Late on December 15, it was reported that the Skirball Fire had been 100% contained, at 422 acres (171 ha).Late on December 15, it was reported that the Skirball Fire had been 100% contained, at 422 acres (171 ha).

Creek, Rye and Skirball Fires (Los Angeles County)

As of December 12, 2017

California Counties Potentially Impacted by Wildfires

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