The SoCal Wildfires Are Now Larger Than New York City And Boston Combined

It’s been nearly a week since the first stirrings of the wildfires ripping across Southern California sprang to life, and firefighters are still struggling to contain the blazes. The two largest and most destructive fires are growing despite firefighters’ best efforts at containment as the powerful Santa Ana winds – which are picking back up after another brief lull - fan the flames.

As CNN pointed out, the Thomas Fire, which presently covers 230,000 acres, is now the fifth largest blaze in modern California history. The fire slipped from 15% containment to 10% early Monday as it surged into the foothills of Santa Barbara county.

But perhaps even more staggering, the SoCal fires are presently covering an area larger than New York City and Boston combined.

As firefighters struggle to overcome the difficulties posed by the windy conditions, low humidity, and bone-dry vegetation, the fact that there's no rain in the forecast for at least 10 days means the flames could continue to spread, uncontained, for another week or so before meaningful containment can be achieved.

As the map below – courtesy of CNN – shows, the six blazes vary in size.

One local CNN affiliate is running a livestream of the Thomas Fire:

Here’s a rundown of all six fires, per CNN:

Thomas Fire: It had scorched 230,000 acres by Sunday evening, with about 10% of it contained. It started Monday in Ventura County, and has since spread into Santa Barbara County. The fire has surpassed the 1932 Matilija Fire -- which burned 220,000 acres -- to become Ventura County's largest recorded blaze, according to CalFire. It has destroyed 790 structures and damaged 191, Ventura County Sheriff Captain Garo Kuredjian told CNN, with firefighting efforts costing $34 million by Sunday night.

Creek Fire: The second-largest blaze ignited Tuesday in neighboring Los Angeles County. It has burned 15,619 acres and is 95% contained.

Rye Fire: It broke out Tuesday in Los Angeles County and has burned 6,049 acres. Firefighters are making progress, with 93% of the blaze contained.

Lilac Fire: This fast-moving fire has consumed 4,100 acres since it ignited Thursday in San Diego County. Firefighters have regained control of it, and it's 75% contained.

Skirball Fire: It started Wednesday as a brush fire in Los Angeles County. It has burned 422 acres and is now 85% contained.

Liberty Fire: The blaze in Riverside County has burned 300 acres since it ignited Thursday. It's 100% contained, but authorities are monitoring it ahead of a forecast increase in winds.

 

 

 

 

As CNN reported, one family whose home was destroyed in the Creek Fire told CNN that they had lost everything to the blaze but were grateful to be alive.

"For me, it was like my 15 years of living here was flashing by - of memories, you know, the gatherings, all that," Javier Hernandez told the station. "And then at the same time, we were like, 'OK, my family's OK. If it's gonna burn, it's gonna burn.’”

Several celebrities whose homes are being menaced by the flames have praised the firefighters working to save their communities:

Ellen Degeneres, who has a home in Montecito, tweeted that she is praying for her community: "Our house is under threat of being burned. We just had to evacuate our pets. I'm praying for everyone in our community and thankful to all the incredible firefighters," Degeneres said, adding in a later tweet that she was proud to be part of a community where people were helping each other to safety.

 

 

For anyone wishing to monitor the status of the Thomas Fire, the Federal Fire Service has published this interactive map, which can track the fire’s movements in real time.

 

 

Firefighters from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington state are helping to fight the fires.

Additionally, the Nevada Department of Corrections and Nevada Division of Forestry -which run conservation camps for inmates - have sent six trained crews to join teams of California inmates in helping fight the flames.

According to the Los Angeles Times, since it erupted near Thomas Aquinas College on Dec. 4, the Thomas fire has forced 88,000 people to flee their homes. Official estimates have put the cost of combating the blaze at $25 million.

Comments

NoDebt Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:47 Permalink

Governor Moonbeam said there's nothing that can be done so you better just get used to it.  Nothing more can or needs to be said when your leader has given up.  Help is not coming.  And if it doesn't look like it's going to happen again next year by itself, he'll make sure it does.

GUS100CORRINA Never One Roach Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:58 Permalink

The SoCal Wildfires Are Now Larger Than New York City And Boston CombinedMy response: It must be all those harbored illegal alien criminals hiding in Sanctuary Cities that are running around setting fires and there are 1000's of them. It should be noted that a number of very recent youtube videos have appeared that document arrests of people wearing black clothing (ANTIFA, TERRORISTS?) who were setting fires.GOOD LUCK CALIFORNIA ON YOUR SACTUARY CITY POLICY!!! GLOBAL WARMING is not the problem, but CA is creating GLOBAL WARMING with all of these fires. PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL EPA overreach also to blame because it resulted in poor forestry management practices that has created fuel for any fire.Beware lest any man (Governor "Moonbeam") spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world.Thanks to the incompetence of elected officials, CA can now officially be given the title: HELL ON EARTH.

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Miffed Microbi… Bigly Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:03 Permalink

Ojai is my childhood home. The name means " nest" being surrounded by mountains. In the 70s it was a sleepy artsy community and not political. The Hollywood types soon discovered it and invaded. Completely changed the community and my family moved seeing what it was becoming. Ojai has been destroyed like the rest of the country.

Miffed

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pods swamp Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:03 Permalink

Sure, they are firing neutrons from space lasers because some UN protocol says they want people out of natural areas.Of course they are doing this.   That is what started the fire in the mulch on the side of my parent's house. Wasn't a freak occurence, it was some evil conspiracy using a space based super secret phaser.If they were actually going to start these on purpose, don't you think they might just think about an easier way to go about it? Instead of risking their super secret space based super weapons systems from being uncovered by someone on the internet with too much time on their hands.pods

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pods ParkAveFlasher Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:48 Permalink

It was fucked up. They are up in upstate NY, known for the large amounts of sunshine it receives (no way the sun heated up the mulch). Just regular old mulch on the side of the house under a bush and the shit went up.  Neighbor saw it before it hit the soffit, otherwise it would have taken the whole house. He said it was a weird blueish flame.  We figured it was sign from God, ala the burning bush of Moses' fame.  It doesn't take much to start a fire, certainly not directed energy weapons from space.pods

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Parrotile pods Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:45 Permalink

Whilst probably an unlikely scenario - be aware of these  -http://www.banggood.com-445-450nm-15W-Blue-Laser-Module-Mark-On-Metal-f… is more than enough to obtain very reliable ignition, since this laser certainly can burn the anodising coat of anodised aluminium reliably and quickly.So, yes - the "general public" CAN easily get hold of lasers with sufficient power to achieve this objective - something to be aware of. 

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NurseRatched NoDebt Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:02 Permalink

I've said it before, and I will recycle it anyway because it is related to California:  How come the Transgendered Fire Department isn't on top of this?  Where are the battery-powered fire trucks pumping farm-to-table, gluten-free water on these fires?  Where are the Smug Sanctuary Saviors and the Homeless Advocate Brigade?  How about the AntiFa Anti-Fire protestors?California, you are letting me down.

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