List and Map: Where Southern California Wildfires Are Burning

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Some of the strongest winds in years are fanning several brush fires this week around Southern California.

Two new fires broke out overnight in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, adding to the arduous work firefighters face in dry and windy conditions. Extreme red flag conditions, indicating dangerous weather for wildfires, developed across the region Wednesday.

Fall is historically one of the most dangerous times of the year for wildfires in California. Seven of the state’s 10-most destructive wildfires occurred in October — many fueled by powerful winds, including Santa Ana gusts. 

Below, a look at where recent wildfires are burning. This list includes active fires and those that have threatened or burned homes. It will be updated as more information is available. 

Scroll to the bottom of this article for a statewide map of major fires in California.

Fire Explodes in Santa Paula HillsideFire Explodes in Santa Paula Hillside

Maria FireSanta Paula

  • Start: around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 
  • Evacuations: The boundaries for evacuations orders are: North Boundary- South Mountain Road, West Boundary- West Los Angeles Ave, East Boundary- Balcom County Road, South- Highway 118
  • Size: 4,000 acres
  • Containment: 0%
  • Homes Damaged/Destroyed: 0
  • Homes Threatened: 1,800
  • Cause: Under Investigation
  • Summary: A brush fire erupted in the hills between Santa Paula and Somis Thursday night, exploding to 4,000 acres within hours, prompting evacuations as winds continued to blow and humidity remained low. The blaze could be seen from the 101 Freeway below and as far away as the eastern San Fernando Valley.

Watch: Hillside Fire Burns in San Bernardino NeighborhoodsWatch: Hillside Fire Burns in San Bernardino Neighborhoods

Hillside Fire, San Bernardino

  • Start: 1:38 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31
  • Evacuations: Evacuations lifted for residents at 6 p.m. Thursday.
  • Size: 200 acres
  • Containment: 0
  • Homes Damaged/Destroyed: 24
  • Homes Threatened: 1,200
  • Cause: Undetermined
  • Summary: Evacuations were underway in a San Bernardino as a brush fire erupted and spread to several homes. Hundreds of homes were affected by the fire, which began just after midnight Thursday

Watch: 46 Fire Spreads to Homes in Jurupa ValleyWatch: 46 Fire Spreads to Homes in Jurupa Valley

46 Fire, Jurupa Valley

  • Start: 12:39 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31
  • Evacuations: All mandatory evacuations lifted.
  • Size: 300 acres
  • Containment: 15%
  • Cause: Car fire after police pursuit.
  • Summary: A car being chased by police caught fire and started the fire. Three homes and two outbuildings were destroyed. 

Getty Fire, West Los Angeles

  • Start: Monday, Oct. 28
  • Evacuations: Evacuation orders were lifted for all residents, except those in an area bounded by the 405 Freeway and Kenter Avenue and Sunset Boulevard to an area just south of Mountaingate Drive.
  • Size: 745 acres
  • Containment: 39 percent
  • Homes Destroyed: 12
  • Homes Damaged: 5
  • Homes Threatened: 7,091
  • Cause: Arson investigators say appears a tree branch snapped-off early Monday morning and struck power lines, which sparked the fire in dry brush.
  • Summary: Firefighters battling the Getty Fire in the Sepulveda Pass are focused on establishing a containment line along the southern end of the last remaining evacuation zone. At its height, the evacuation area stretched as far north as Mulholland Drive and as far west as Temescal Canyon Road in Pacific Palisades, affecting up to 10,000 residential and commercial structures.

Photos: Easy Fire Threatens Homes Near the Reagan Library in Simi ValleyPhotos: Easy Fire Threatens Homes Near the Reagan Library in Simi Valley

Easy Fire, Simi Valley and Moorpark

  • Start: Thursday, Oct. 30, 2019
  • Evacuations: Mandatory evacuations were lifted Thursday.
  • Size: 1,650 acres
  • Containment: 0
  • Structures Destroyed: 2
  • Structures Threatened: 7,000
  • Cause: Under investigation
  • Summary: The Easy Fire began early Thursday in the hills near the Reagan Library and burned uphill, forcing evacuations in nearby homes.

Hill Fire, Jurupa Valley

  • Start: Wednesday, Oct. 30
  • Evacuations: All evacuations lifted
  • Size: About 600 acres
  • Containment: 30 percent
  • Cause: Under investigation
  • Summary: Firefighters battled the wildfire in the Riverside County community of Jurupa Valley that damaged two homes, forced evacuations and temporarily shut down the 60 Freeway.

Gilbert Fire, Fullerton

  • Start: Thursday, Oct. 30
  • Evacuations: Most evacuations were lifted Thursday night
  • Size: 8 acres
  • Containment: Full
  • Cause: A flare gun was found near where the brush fire erupted close to the Robert E. Ward Nature Preserve.
  • Summary: The fire was first reported about 7:40 p.m. in the area of Castlewood Drive and Gilbert Street, according to the Fullerton Police Department. No homes were at risk of burning, police said.

Tick Fire, Santa Clarita

  • Start: 1:24 p.m. Thursday. Oct. 24
  • Size: 4,615 acres
  • Containment: 100 percent
  • Homes Threatened: 10,000 at peak of fire
  • Homes Damaged: 40
  • Homes Destroyed: 23
  • Evacuations: All evacuations were lifted Oct. 27
  • Cause: Unknown
  • Tick Fire: The fire started during back-to-back days of hot, dry and windy conditions. It jumped the 14 Freeway, forcing a full closure of the road between Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert.

Saddleridge Fire, Northern San Fernando Valley

  • Start: Thursday, Oct. 10
  • Size: 8,799 acres
  • Containment: 97 percent
  • Structures Destroyed: 19
  • Structures Damaged 88
  • Fatalities: One resident suffered a heart attack
  • Cause: Under investigation
  • Summary: The fire broke out in the Sylmar area and quickly spread into neighborhoods to the west.

Sandalwood Fire, Calimesa

  • Start: Thursday Oct. 10
  • Size: 1,011 acres
  • Containment: 100 percent
  • Structures Destroyed: 74
  • Structures Damaged: 16
  • Fatalities: Two residents of mobile home park
  • Cause: Authorities say a trash truck dumped its burning load, causing a brush fire that spread to a nearby mobile home park.
  • Summary: The Sandalwood Fire destroyed nearly 80 mobile homes and burned more than 1,000 acres before it was contained in mid-October. Flames from the burning trash ignited dry grass and quickly spread into the residential area, firefighters said.



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