A series of large wildfires fanned by strong Santa Ana winds continued to ravage wide swaths of Southern California on Friday. The six active blazes burning in Ventura and San Diego counties have already destroyed hundreds of structures and forced more than 200,000 residents to evacuate.

Such massive fires are historically very rare in December, coming near the end of the deadliest, most destructive wildfire year on record in California. The blazes ignited less than two months after deadly Northern California fires wreaked havoc in Sonoma and Napa Counties.

Below is an automatically updated map of fire perimeters and reports from InciWeb. Under that, see closeups of the Thomas, Creek, Rye and Lilac fire perimeters and animated timelines of their spread.

Updated Southern California Wildfire Maps 8 December,2017Matthew Green

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Matthew Green is a digital media producer for KQED News. He previously produced The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog. Matthew's written for numerous Bay Area publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. He also taught journalism classes at Fremont High School in East Oakland.

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