1. Property damage from this week's devastating Southern California wildfires has reached at least $1 billion.
2. The fires destroyed at least 1,500 homes.
3. Firestorm 2007 has triggered the largest evacuation in state history.
4. All schools have been closed for the remainder of the week. The San Diego Chargers have relocated to Phoenix, AZ, for practice. The fate of their game scheduled for Sunday is still uncertain.
5. President Bush signed a major disaster declaration for California. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has pledged his support.
6. Wildfires that have now charred at least 427,000 acres. The largest "containment" percentage is 15 percent. Many other blazes are at 10 percent containment.
7. At least 500,000 people have been forced from their homes in San Diego County. Countless horses and other livestock have been relocated around the county.
8. One person was killed by the flames, and the San Diego medical examiner's office listed five other deaths as connected to the blazes. The deaths are primarily among the very elderly who were overcome during the evacuation effort.
9. Sixteen fires are currently burning from Malibu to the Mexican border. A couple of the fires have combined.
10. Winds decreased to between 21 and 36 mph, but fierce gusts of up to 100 mph whipped fire zones earlier in the week.
11. Planes and helicopters couldn’t fly because of the Santa Ana winds. By Wednesday, planes and helicopters were able to dump massive amounts of water and chemical retardants from the air to help combat the blazes.
12. Evacuation orders for parts of San Diego County were rescinded and residents were allowed to return to parts of Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Del Mar, Encinitas and Solana Beach. Still others await news of the conditions of their homes.
13. The Camp Pendleton fire is burning near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. As a result, it’s shuttered for the immediate future, but the Nuclear Regulatory commission hasn’t declared any type of emergency at the station.
If you're interested in helping by making a financial contribution to the relief effort, you can contact the American Red Cross.