Wildfires burning in Ventura, Los Angeles Counties: What we know

(KGTV) - Santa Ana winds and dry conditions are driving several fires in Southern California that have already scorched tens of thousands of acres and caused evacuations.  

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Tuesday after fires scorched thousands of acres.

“The fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we’ll continue to attack it with all we’ve got,” Brown said in a statement. “It is critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so.”

Law enforcement officials also issued a consumer alert Wednesday, warning residents to look out for price gouging.

"Price gouging during a public emergency isn't just outrageous, it's illegal," Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said.

"Consumers should be very wary of price spikes for hotel rooms, gasoline and emergency items like generators. If you suspect price gouging, report it to my office immediately. When appropriate we will prosecute."

INTERACTIVE MAP: Thomas Fire coverage map, evacuation zones

The Thomas Fire -- the largest of the fires currently burning -- ignited Monday night and has forced thousands from their homes, burned more than 100 structures to the ground, and caused at least one death.

The Creek Fire crept up Tuesday morning and has also forced mandatory evacuations outside Los Angeles.

All schools in the San Fernando Valley will be closed Thursday and Friday, according to officials. 

10NEWS FORECAST: Santa Ana winds in San Diego County all week

Here's what we know:

Thomas Fire - Ventura County

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Skirball Fire - Los Angeles County

UPDATES

  • Acres: 475 acres
  • Containment: 30 percent
  • Cause: Unknown
  • Structures destroyed: 12 damaged, 6 destroyed
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Road closures & evacuations: Los Angeles Fire Dept. posting all updates on www.lafd.org/news/skirball-fire-update

 


 

Creek Fire - Los Angeles County

UPDATES

  • Acres: 15,619 acres
  • Containment: 40 percent
  • Cause: Unknown
  • Structures destroyed: at least 30 as of 10 p.m. Tuesday
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Closures & evacuations: www.lafd.org/news/creek-fire-status

 


 

Rye Fire - Los Angeles County

UPDATES

  • Acres: 6,049
  • Containment: 30 percent
  • Cause: Unknown
  • Structures destroyed: Unknown
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Evacuations: Rye Canyon Loop
  • Closures: The 5 (Golden State) Freeway in both directions are closed at the 126 Fwy., all Rye Canyon Loop to Kelly Johnson Parkway, Newhall Ranch Road from Copperhill Drive to 5 freeway.

 


 

Little Mountain Fire - San Bernardino County

  • Acres: 100
  • Containment: 100% as of Wednesday morning
  • Cause: Unknown
  • Structures destroyed: Unknown
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Evacuations: All evacuations lifted.
  • Closures: 215 at Devore. Northbound closed from the 210. 

 


 

 

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Smoke from the fires could be seen in North County San Diego late Tuesday and officials cautioned residents there were no active threats in the area at that time.

Tuesday, high winds and conditions prompted San Diego agencies to take precautions against the threat of fire.

San Diego Gas and Electric is monitoring conditions and may decide to shut off power this week to parts of San Diego County with the highest wind speeds.

RELATED: Cal Fire adding resources amid fire threat in San Diego County

In anticipation of the weather, San Diego Fire and Rescue Department has added two strike teams of 10 brush rigs, one strike team of five fire engines, two water tenders, and two helicopters.

Cal Fire has sent 22 firefighters to Ventura County and Chula Vista, Poway, Lakeside, Fallbrook and Rancho Santa Fe Fire Departments have also sent a combines 22 firefighters.

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