As Monday night turned into Tuesday morning, two separate wildfires spread around Los Angeles. Here's what's going on. The bigger, more devastating fire (called the Thomas fire) started just before 6:30 p.m. Monday night outside the city of Santa Paula, in Ventura County. That's about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The cause of that fire is so far unknown. The second, smaller fire started early Tuesday morning at the northern edge of L.A. It is being called the Creek fire.
How bad were they? Pretty bad. So far, no people have been killed, though a firefighter has been injured and one dead dog was found in an abandoned, overturned vehicle. But the Thomas fire has caused around 27,000 evacuations, destroyed 150 buildings (including a large apartment complex and an entire psychiatric hospital), and burned about 45,000 acres. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 180,000 people lost power. The governor has declared a state of emergency in all of Ventura County.
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