Firefighters throughout Southern California are out in full force battling several fires that sparked this week due to strong winds. Here is a look at the latest fires burning in the area.
Maria Fire: Santa Paula
An estimated 7,500 people are under mandatory evacuation orders after a fire ignited Thursday night at the top of South Mountain, just south of Santa Paula in Ventura County. The "Maria Fire" has burned over 8,000 acres as of Friday morning and is 0% contained. The communities of Camarillo, Somis, and Santa Paula are at risk, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Tick Fire: Santa Clarita
Full containment has been reached on the “Tick Fire” that damaged dozens of homes and structures near Canyon Country. The fire which sparked October 24th near the 31600 block of Tick Canyon Road burned 4,615 acres. The fast growing fire destroyed 29 structures -- 23 homes, one commercial/residential structure and five outbuildings. Another 45 structures were damaged, including 40 homes, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Easy Fire: Simi Valley
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, a popular destination for tourists and locals, was saved thanks to hard working firefighters. The “Easy Fire” sparked near the intersection of Madera Road and Easy Street, near the 118 Freeway in Simi Valley around 6 a.m. Wednesday. The blaze burned at least 1,723 acres and forced major roads and freeways to shutdown… causing a traffic nightmare. As of Thursday afternoon the fire was 10% contained. Approximately 30,000 residents were placed under mandatory evacuation orders while 2,000 others were under voluntary evacuations. Over 7,000 structures were threatened. All evacuations have been lifted as firefighters continue to put out hotspots.
Getty Fire: West L.A.
Flames erupted west of the 405 Freeway early Monday morning as a fire sparked near Getty Center Drive. Mandatory evacuations were quickly ordered as the “Getty Fire” continued to spread, prompting the closure of L.A.’s busiest freeway. The fire burned 745 acres and was 39% contained by Thursday morning. Authorities have confirmed the fire was caused by strong winds that severed a tree branch and blew it into a Department of Water and Power electrical line, causing sparks that fell onto the brush below. The fire has destroyed 12 homes and damaged five others. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the blaze. It appears the Getty Center museum was not in any immediate danger.
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Hill Fire: Jurupa Valley
Firefighters in Riverside County got the upper hand on a brush fire that broke out along the 60 Freeway in Jurupa Valley Wednesday morning. The “Hill Fire” sparked near the intersection of Granite Hill Drive and Pyrite Street around 10 a.m. Roughly 628 acres were burned as of Thursday afternoon and containment stands at 80%. The fire prompted the closure of Highway 60 as firefighters tried to knock down flames and stop them from spreading. One mobile home and one residential structure was damaged. It is unclear what caused the fire.
46 Fire: Jurupa Valley
A police pursuit is believed to have caused a brush fire in Jurupa Valley. The so-called “46 Fire” burned at least 300 acres and is 5% contained. The fire broke out just after 12:30 a.m. Thursday in the 5300 block of 46th Street in Jurupa Valley. According to the Riverside County Sheriff's Office the pursuit ended in a crash in the general area of where the fire started. Within hours the blaze destroyed three homes and two outbuildings. Around 2 p.m. Thursday authorities announced that all evacuations have been lifted. One person was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, Cal Fire Riverside reported.
Hillside Fire: San Bernardino
Mandatory evacuations were ordered in San Bernardino as a wind-driven fire erupted Thursday morning. The “Hillside Fire” was first reported around 1:40 a.m. in the area of Highway 18 and Lower Waterman Canyon. The fire charred more than 200 acres and is currently 50% contained. Around 1,300 people were under mandatory evacuation orders and an estimated 500 homes were threatened from the flames. Unfortunately, six homes and two outbuildings were consumed by the fire, according to San Bernardino County Fire Chief Don Trapp. The fire department also stated a firefighter was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
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Castlewood Fire: Fullerton
Firefighters got the upper hand containing a brush fire that sparked Wednesday evening in Fullerton. The “Castlewood Fire” near Castlewood Dr. and Gilbert Street burned 11 acres before it was fully contained Thursday morning. All evacuation orders were lifted by 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. The police department reported finding a flare gun near the scene of the fire; they are currently working to determine if it’s connected to the fire.