- At least one person has died in the fires. According to The Associated Press, Virginia Pesola, 70, of Santa Paula died Wednesday in a car crash while evacuating, authorities said Saturday. The blazes have destroyed and damaged hundreds of homes and businesses, the AP reported.
The wildfires continued to rage Sunday as the Thomas Fire, in Ventura County, reached 230,000 acres and 10 percent containment. Containment also increased for fires in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego counties.
- Read the latest updates and developments below:
- Dec 11, 2017 12:53 AM EST: The Thomas Fire in Ventura County has reached 230,000 acres and is 10 percent contained, authorities said.
- Dec 9, 2017 8:30 PM EST: From The Associated Press:
"Authorities have confirmed the death of a 70-year-old woman who was fleeing a massive Southern California wildfire.
"The Ventura County medical examiner says Virginia Pesola of Santa Paula was killed in a car crash along an evacuation route Wednesday night."
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- Dec 8, 2017 2:09 PM EST: Officials in the Cleveland National Forest said Friday that they were attempting to douse a fire that burned 8 acres of land on the east side of Interstate 8, between the Sweetwater River and Japaatul Valley Road.
Firefighters from several agencies were helping to fight the fire.
- Dec 8, 2017 11:27 AM EST: Firefighters are seeing some progress in their continued battle to douse a half dozen fires in Southern California.
The Creek Fire, in Sylmar, was 40 percent contained by 6 a.m. PST Friday, according to firefighters. The fire scorched 15,323 acres, left at least two people injured and destroyed or damaged dozens of buildings.
- In Santa Clarita, the Rye Fire burned 6,049 acres, firefighters said. Authorities previously reported 7,000 acres were scorched by the flames.
The fire was 35 percent contained by 6 a.m. PST Friday. At least one firefighter was injured because of the fire. At least one structure was destroyed, although fire officials warned that nearly 5,500 other structures remained under threat.
- Further south, in San Diego County, officials said the Lilac Fire had burned 4,100 acres by 8 a.m PST Friday. Flames have destroyed at least 65 structures.
- Dec 8, 2017 10:48 AM EST: Federal officials will help firefighters in Southern California as they battle half a dozen massive wildfires in the region, President Donald Trump's Homeland Security adviser, Thomas Bossert, said Friday.
Trump sent the help at the request of California Gov. Jerry Brown, who on Thursday asked for a Presidential Emergency Declaration to get "direct federal assistance to supplement the state and local emergency response to the fires burning in Southern California," according to the governor's office.
In recent days Brown has signed emergency proclamations for San Diego, Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
- Dec 8, 2017 9:42 AM EST: At least four people have been injured by the Lilac Fire burning in San Diego County, according to fire officials.
- At least three other people have been injured in the fires burning through Southern California.
Officials said on Thursday night that one firefighter was injured battling the Rye Fire in Santa Clarita, which burned at least 7,000 acres. Two other people were injured in the Creek Fire in Sylmar.
- Dec 8, 2017 9:33 AM EST: Ventura County fire officials said the Thomas Fire had burned 132,000 acres by Friday morning.
The fire sparked Monday night and threatens more than 10,000 structures.
- At least 73 homes and 18 other buildings have been destroyed by the blaze while at least homes and one other building have been damaged.
More than 2,500 firefighters were working to douse the fire.
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