City of Malibu under mandatory evacuation as wildfire rages

09 November, 2018, 23:06 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Ventura County Fire

Near Oak Park, the town of Thousand Oaks - still reeling from a mass shooting on Wednesday night - has also been threatened by the encroaching blaze.

The Woolsey Fire is not far from the Hill Fire, which quickly spread to 10,000 acres on Thursday.

Cal State Channel Islands has ordered a mandatory evacuation of the campus due to the fire, and all classes and activities have been canceled this evening, according to a news release from campus officials.

After making the announcement about his home on Twitter this morning, others were quick to offer their support for Derrickson, including The Haunting of Hill House creator, Mike Flanagan.

The Woolsey Fire exploded to 14,000 acres overnight, driven by 50- to 60-mph winds that helped propel the flames southward across the 101 Freeway in the Liberty Canyon area early Friday.

Firefighters are also working to contain a northern California fire - dubbed the "Camp Fire" - as it threatens thousands of homes and forced an emergency declaration to be placed in the city of Paradise.

Multiple injuries have been reported by both civilians and firefighters, Cal Fire spokesman John Gaddie said.

The Woolsey Fire broke out about 2:25 p.m. Thursday in Ventura County west of Chatsworth, pushed by strong Santa Ana winds. Almost 75,000 homes are under evacuation orders and at least 30,000 are at risk.

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Flames from Camp Fire were being powered by 35-mile-per hour winds, fire officials said as the blaze earlier ripped through Paradise, about 20 miles east of Chico.

Ventura County Fire Department tweeted that intense winds fueled the fire overnight, leading it to jump 101. "I pray everyone is safe", she wrote. There are Red Flag warnings in effect for parts of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Ventura County Fire Department Captain Scott Dettorre warned that as the fire crosses the famous highway 101, "it will make its historic and typical run all the way down Pacific Coast Highway, threatening more homes, more property, more lives", KTLA-TV reports. The arrows indicate the direction the fires spread after the satellite overflight.

The Ventura County Fire Department on Friday morning estimated that the blaze had burned 6,100 acres, a smaller number than a Thursday afternoon estimate of 8,000 to 10,000 acres.

Residents posted on social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in the Newbury Park area of western Thousand Oaks.

The Woolsey Fire appeared to be the more unsafe of the two blazes, and was burning south through the Kanan Road corridor toward Malibu and the ocean. That affects all residents north of the 101 Freeway, south of Bell Canyon Road, west of Valley Circle Boulevard and east of the Los Angeles city limit.

Wildfires raging west of Los Angeles have forced school closures.

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