SoCal Wildfire Maps in Real Time: Where the Blazes Are Burning Now

Firefighters monitor a section of the Thomas Fire along the 101 freeway on Dec. 7, 2017, north of Ventura. The firefighters occasionally used a flare device to burn off brush close to the roadside. Strong Santa Ana winds are rapidly pushing multiple wildfires across the region, expanding across tens of thousands of acres and destroying hundreds of homes and structures. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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.

Wildfires of this size are historically very rare in December. 2017 is now 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.

This is an automatically updated map of fire perimeters and reports from Cal Fire. Below that are closeups of the Thomas, Creek, Rye and Lilac fire perimeters and animated timelines of their spread this week.


SoCal Wildfire Maps in Real Time: Where the Blazes Are Burning Now 12 December,2017Matthew Green


Matthew Green

Matthew Green produces and edits The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog, an online resource for educators and the general public. He previously taught journalism at Fremont High School in East Oakland, and has written for numerous local publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. Email:; Twitter: @MGreenKQED

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