Firefighters Struggle to Slow 2 Big Ventura County Wildfires

10 November, 2018, 02:30 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • A Santa Barbara County fire truck doing structure protection at the Hill Fire in Camarillo

The Camp Fire in the northern part of the state has burned through 20,000 acres, while the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties quadrupled in size overnight.

The fire had crossed USA 101 a few miles east of Thousand Oaks - the site of Wednesday night's bar shooting massacre - and was headed south to the Pacific coast, in the direction of Malibu Creek State Park and Malibu city, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Voluntary evacuations have been added in Ventura County for Lake Sherwood and the area south of Hwy 101 and north of Potrero Road between Westlake Boulevard and Wendy Drive in Thousand Oaks. In Northern California, at least five people were killed in the Camp fire, which destroyed the community of Paradise, near Chico.

In Ventura County, "Strong Santa Ana winds (are) expected to continue through this morning", the National Weather Service in Los Angeles said on Twitter on Friday.

Cal Fire said three firefighters have been injured.

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In Southern California, the night sky burned orange as the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties grew thousands of acres overnight, exploding from 2,000 acres to 7,500 in a matter of hours. "I pray everyone is safe". It too has jumped the 101 near Chesebro Road, according to Ventura County Fire, and is moving south near Liberty Canyon Road. Evacuation centers were set up at Palisades High School and at Taft High School in Woodland Hills.

The flames are now threatening coastal areas further south, fire officials said.

The Los Angeles Police Department was placed on a citywide tactical alert early Friday to ensure all resources are available to assist with any evacuation orders and road closures prompted by the Woolsey Fire, according to a statement from the department. She had been filming aerial shots in her private plane earlier for her Instagram Stories and realized her own home was threatened. Thousands evacuated, many abandoned their vehicles and fleeing on foot as flames surrounded major roadways in the area. California State University ordered evacuations Thursday afternoon, citing poor air quality. Last night it covered just 2,000 acres.

However there were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries. Her deck provided a strong vantage point to monitor the spread of the fire.

It was 0 percent contained and the cause was under investigation. Beginning yesterday with the Camp Fire, Californians are now battling the Camp Fire, Hill Fire, and Woolsey Fire as high-speed winds continue to spark more blazes. We've already reported on the Kardashians evacuating their homes in the Hidden Hills to seek safety and Kanye tweeted out this morning that everybody is safe.



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