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Before and after images of the devastating fires in Southern California

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The Thomas Fire reaches the Northbound 101 freeway north of Ventura Wednesday, threatening beachfront homes. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

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A series of Santa Ana wind-driven wildfires raging across Southern California have destroyed at least 180 structures, forcing thousands to flee and filling the region with smoke. Much of the reported structural damage has been in Ventura County, where the Thomas fire has already burned 65,000 acres. The fire jumped the 101 Freeway on the evening of Dec. 5, threatening towns near the ocean. Here’s where some of the damage has occurred so far.

Source: ESA Sentinel 2 satellite imagery from Dec. 5

Thomas fire

A fire that started Monday evening near Ventura has destroyed hundreds of homes and threatened thousands more. Driven by Santa Ana winds, the Thomas fire was still 0% contained Wednesday afternoon.

Sources: Ventura County, Mapzen, OpenStreetMap. Map perimeter updated as of 2:40 p.m. on Dec. 6.

Via Ondulando and Colina Vista

The fire started northeast of Ventura and spread through a largely uninhabited mountainous area before reaching the city. Via Ondulando and Colina Vista, streets in the foothills on the northern edge of Ventura, suffered extreme damage, with many houses leveled in the blaze.

Sources: Cal Fire, Mapzen, OpenStreetMap.

Oct. 2016

Source: Google Earth

Dec. 5, 2017

Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Nob Hill Lane

A few streets over on Nob Hill Lane, the scene was similar — most houses burned to the ground, with a few left intact.

Sources: Cal Fire, Mapzen, OpenStreetMap.

Oct. 2016

Source: Google Earth

Dec. 5, 2017

Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Scenic Way Drive

Nearly every home on Scenic Way Drive was destroyed. The vegetation in the canyon to the east of the road was blackened by the fire.

Sources: Cal Fire, Mapzen, OpenStreetMap.

Oct. 2016

Source: Google Earth

Dec. 5, 2017

Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

This page will be updated as more information and imagery becomes available.

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