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Multiple fires are raging in Southern California. A series of Santa Ana wind-driven wildfires have destroyed hundreds of structures, forced thousands to flee and smothered the region with smoke in what officials predicted would be a pitched battle for days.

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Most residents displaced by Creek and Skirball fires will be allowed to go home

As firefighters made progress on the Creek fire, officials announced most residents will be allowed to return to their homes as of 4 p.m. Thursday.

The Riverwood, Ebey Canyon and Doane Canyon areas are open to residents only, as is the Shadow Hills area north of Sunland Boulevard, the Los Angeles Fire Department posted on Twitter. Limekiln Canyon remains closed from Pacoima Canyon Road to Maclay Street.

Skirball fire evacuees — including those who live on Roscomare Road, Bel Terrace, all roads between Sunset Boulevard and Bellagio Road, and North Casiano Road from Mulholland Drive — can return home at 8 p.m. Thursday. 

As of 7 a.m. Thursday, the following evacuation zones for other Southern California fires are still in place: 

Thomas fire (Ventura County)

  • Ventura Avenue from Canada Larga to Foster Road
  • Creek Road at Ventura Street
  • Creek Road north to Camp Comfort
  • Ventura Street north to Montgomery
  • Creek Road south of Camp Comfort
  • Persimmon Hill
  • Norweign Track
  • Casitas Springs
  • Foster Park
  • In Santa Paula, everything east of Highway 150 from Say Road to the northern city limits
  • The area east of Santa Paula and north of Highway 126, including Timber Canyon Road, Toland Road and Hall Road
  • Highway 150 west of Peck and north of Virginia Terrace
  • Foothill, Telegraph and Ashwood Hill
  • County Inn Estates mobile home park at Wells and Telegraph
  • Encino Road
  • Alto Road
  • Feliz Road

Lilac fire (San Diego County)

  • From West Lilac Road to Sullivan Middle School
  • South of Burma Road
  • East of Wilshire, north of North River Road 
  • West of South Mission Avenue
  • North of Pala Road 
  • South of Reche Road 
  • West of Interstate 15
  • East of Green Canyon Road
  • West Mission Road

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