The fires burning in Southern California

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A number of brush fires across Southern California have broken out, burning structures and threatening neighborhoods. Stay up to date regarding wildfires burning throughout the state with our fire map.

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Easy fire in Simi Valley
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SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA OCTOBER 30, 2019-President Ronald Reagan’s Air Force One sits on display at the Reagan Library as the Easy Fire burns in the hills in Simi Valley Wednesday. (Wally Skalij/Los Angerles Times)
(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

A large brush fire erupted in Simi Valley early Wednesday, and has caused portions of Simi Valley, Moorpark and Thousand Oaks to undergo mandatory evacuations.

The blaze has surrounded the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, which is near dense brush. Flames burned on either side but the library has not sustained damage thus far, officials said.

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Getty fire along the 405 Freeway
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Flames from the Getty fire approach the Mandeville Canyon neighborhood Monday.
(Christian Monterrosa / Associated Press)

A wind-driven brush fire chewed through hillside communities on the Westside of Los Angeles on Monday, burning homes and prompting widespread evacuations. The fire was started by a tree branch that fell on power lines, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday evening.

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With extreme red flag warnings issued amid powerful winds, firefighters were hoping to increase containment of the Getty fire on Wednesday and prevent it from flaring up.

The Eames House, one of Los Angeles’ greatest landmarks of Midcentury Modern architecture — closed Monday as part of the evacuation zone. The fire licked the edges of the Getty Center campus, but the art and archives are safe, the museum said.

Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate some of the priciest enclaves on Earth. Housekeepers and a gardener showed up to work despite the flames, one reporter found.

Here’s the moment the Getty fire ignited.

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Tick fire near Santa Clarita
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Helicopters make a night drop on the Tick fire burning in the Santa Clarita area Friday morning.
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Firefighters were close to gaining the upper hand on a brush fire that broke out Thursday afternoon. By Wednesday, the Tick fire was 94% contained.

The fire forced thousands of residents in the Santa Clarita Valley to evacuate over the weekend. All evacuation orders were lifted Sunday evening.

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Old Water fire in San Bernardino
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Cal Fire firefighters mop up a hot spot on the hillside along Highway 18 in San Bernardino.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A windblown brush fire that erupted early Thursday near the San Bernardino National Forest is at 85% containment, according to the San Bernardino County Fire District.

The Old Water fire reminded residents of the 2003 Old fire, which destroyed hundreds of homes and caused an estimated $1.2 billion in damages.

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Fire in Sepulveda Basin
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Smoke rises from a fire in the Sepulveda Basin on Thursday.
(Mary Beth McDade / KTLA)

The fire that broke out in the Sepulveda Basin in the San Fernando Valley and burned 60 acres was 80% contained as of Friday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Officials said no structures were damaged.

The best way to get through a wildfire safely is to prepare for it. Here are some key points to remember.

Here’s how to best prepare if your area will have a planned power outage, how to protect a child from smoke inhalation and what to unpack if you need to evacuate.


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Diya Chacko is an audience engagement editor for the Los Angeles Times Metro desk.
Kelcie Pegher is the editor for off-platform engagement. She manages our editorial relationship with Apple News, Google News, Flipboard and emerging platforms. With a passion for push notifications, she is most interested in meeting readers where they are. A graduate of American University, she began her career in Maryland at community newspapers, including the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. She joined the Times in 2017 on the News Desk.