21 Photos That Show The Devastation Of The California Wildfires

Published December 6, 2017
Updated March 1, 2018

Some of the California wildfires started earlier this year, but have only gotten worse and sparked more burns as time goes on.

Wildfire Car
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Wildfire In The Hills
Fire engulfs a hillside outside of Los Angeles. Getty Images

California Wildfire
A house stands engulfed in flames from the Thomas Fire.Wikimedia Commons

Smoke From Wildfire
A house sits atop a hill, engulfed in flames from the Creek Fire, in Los Angeles. NurPhoto/Getty Images

Flames Of A Wildfire
A structure burns from the Creek Fire in Los Angeles. Getty Images

Car Amid Wildfire
A woman involved in a traffic accident waits beside a wall of flames on the 101 highway.Mark Ralston/Getty Images

Man With Hose
A man uses a hose to extinguish burning ground in Los Angeles.

Man Spraying Hose
A resident hoses down a burning structure, set ablaze by the Creek Fire in Los Angeles. David McNew/Getty Images

Helicopter Amid Fire
A firefighting helicopter flies over the Creek Fire at sunset in Los Angeles.NurPhoto/Getty Images

Palm Trees
The Thomas Fire burns behind a grove of palm trees in Santa Paula, Calif.KYLE GRILLOT/Getty Images

Venture Fire
Smoke hangs over a marina near Mondos Beach, in Ventura, Calif.Wikimedia Commons

Firefighter Silhouette
Firefighters battle the Creek Fire, in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. Getty Images

Burning Tree
A lone tree burns from the Creek Fire, in Los Angeles. NurPhoto/Getty Images

Creek Fire
The Creek Fire burns on a hillside in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.Getty Images

California Wildfires Burning
The Thomas Fire burns along a hillside near Santa Paula, Calif.KYLE GRILLOT/Getty Images

California Wildfires Raging
The Creek Fire burns on a hillside near the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.Mario Tama/Getty Images

California Wildfires As Seen From Space
The wildfires are producing so much smoke, they can be seen from space. Wikimedia Commons

Aerial View Of California Wildfires
The fires are producing so much smoke, they can be seen from space.Wikimedia Commons

Seaside Smoke
Heavy smoke covers the seaside on Mondos Beach off the 101 highway in Ventura, Calif.Mark Ralston/Getty Images

Los Angeles Creek Fire
People walk past the Creek Fire in Los Angeles. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Hillside Fire
A man watches over his horses, as the Creek Fire burns behind them on the hillside in Los Angeles. Getty Images

All year long, wildfires have been ravaging the state of California. Most recently, the Thomas Fire, one of the largest, has been tearing through Ventura County.

The blaze shut down highways, threatened 12,000 structures, and displaced over 20,000 people. Though over 1,000 firefighters have been dispatched to control the blaze, the flames have spiraled out of control, and they were unable to enter the area due to "the intensity of the fire."

The most recent California wildfire broke out early this week. One of them engulfed a piece of land the size of Orlando, others covered smaller areas.

In of Los Angeles County, firefighters have been working on controlling the Creek Fire since Tuesday. The fire had burned through 11,000 acres by Tuesday night, along with a second, smaller fire that burned down 7,000 acres.

Even as far as Bel Air, brush fires are raging, resulting in parts of the infamously traffic-clogged Interstate 405 being shut down.

Fire officials believe that the years-long drought that Californa faced for the past few years is to blame.

Though the drought was ended by a wave of rain and snow last winter, the vegetation that grew in its wake flourished more than before. Then, when the summer arrived, bringing with it a dry heat, the vegetation dried up, creating more than enough fuel for the brush fires to burn through.

So far no deaths have been reported as a result of the California wildfires, though three firefighters were injured in the line of duty.


After this look at California wildfires, check out this insane video of the California wildfires, posted by a commuter on Interstate 405. Then, read about Centralia, Pennsylvania, the town that's been on fire for over 50 years.

Katie Serena
Katie Serena is a New York City-based writer and a staff writer at All That's Interesting.