California fires MAP: Where are the fires now? Is there still a wildfire threat?

At least four major wildfires are still blazing along the coast of California as emergency services work around the clock to contain the inferno.

But the effort is being hindered by strong winds feeding the fires and threatening to spread them further across the state.

The threat of fire prompted President Donald Trump to issue a state of emergency on Friday December 8.

Today the National Weather Forecast Service insisted that “critical fire conditions will persist” through Thursday.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said on Wednesday: “Firefighters will remain engaged in structure defence operations and scout for opportunities to establish direct perimeter control.”

Thomas Fire

The largest of the named fires, the monstrous Thomas Fire, swelled in size overnight to consume 242,500 acres of land, Cal Fire said on Thursday morning.

Thomas Fire has now grown to be the largest fire of its kind – larger than the infamous Zaca Fire of 2007. 

The true extent of the fire can be seen above on Cal Fire’s official California 2017 Statewide Fire Map.

The wildfire has already burned down considerable portions of the Los Padres National Forest, and has even reached Santa Barbara and Ventura County. 

More than 700 homes have been lost in the wildfire since it erupted on December 4.

As of Thursday morning, firefighters have only contained about 30 per cent of it.

California fires: Creek FireCAL FIRE

Creek Fire: The devastating blaze is raging northwest of Los Angeles

Creek Fire

Creek Fire northwest of Los Angeles and within the city limits is another “extreme” threat, officials have warned.

The Fire Danger Level on the Angeles National Forest is EXTREME

California Incident Information System

An Incident Information System (InciWeb) fire update on Wednesday, warned that the national forest wildland fire is only four miles east of Sylmar in the San Fernando valley.

The dire warning read: “The Fire Danger Level on the Angeles National Forest is EXTREME. 

“Fire restrictions are now in effect throughout the Forest to include: NO CAMPFIRES, NO OPEN FLAME, NO BBQ’s or GRILLING.”

Local residents have been advised to remain cautious if driving through the area.

California fires: Skirball Fire MapCAL FIRE

Skirball Fire: The relatively small brush fire erupted in the Beverly Hills area of LA

Skirball Fire

South of Creek Fire, a brush fire consumed a 422 acre area near Mulholland Drive – west of Bel Air.

The smaller fire dubbed Skirball Fire left six structures destroyed, another 12 damaged and three firefighters have been treated for injuries.

The LA Fire Department said on December 11: “On Wednesday December 6, 2017, at 4.52am PT, LAFD firefighters responded to a brush fire near the Northbound San Diego (I-405) Freeway and Mulholland Drive.  

“There are presently LAFD firefighters assigned to what is called the ‘Skirball Fire’, with resources from allied agencies supporting the firefight.”

Emergency services have contained around 85 per cent of the fire on Monday.

California Fires map: Lilac FireCAL FIRE

Lilac Fire: The monstrous inferno consumed over 150 buildings in Bonsall, San Diego County

Lilac Fire

The last of the major fires has covered an area of 4,100 acres and is about 97 per cent contained, but still remains a dangerous blaze.

Lilac is currently raging along Old Highway 395 at Dulin Road in Bonsall, San Diego County.

The fire dealt a devastating blow to the area, tearing down 157 buildings and damaging another 64.

Residents were advised on Thursday that the mandatory evacuation notice has been lifted.

Cal Fire said today: “Residents may return to their homes now that the mandatory evacuation order has been lifted. This includes Highway 76 and all the affected areas of the fire.

“Cal Fire and San Diego County Fire damage assessment teams continue their inspections.”