Monday, 19 November, 2018

California wildfires: Malibu EVACUATED as Woolsey Fire JUMPS motorway

Jay Anderson | 09 November, 2018, 23:07

A lot of the resources assigned to the Hill Fire were transferred to the Woolsey Fire, which became the priority for firefighting efforts with heavy air support and hundreds of personnel working Friday.

Evacuation center locations, road closure and school closure information for the fires can be found on the Ventura County emergency page here and through the county hotline at 805.465.6650. Our community does NOT KNOW to get out and PCH is now gridlocked for miles. Cal State Channel Islands has also been closed. It has burned about 6,100 acres as of Friday morning.

The Woolsey fire started on Thursday afternoon south of the city of Simi Valley, Ventura County officials said.

About 2:30 a.m., all evacuation orders in the city of Los Angeles were changed from mandatory to voluntary, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

- A wind-driven brush fire in Ventura County quadrupled overnight, scorching 8,000 acres by Friday morning and was zero percent contained, firefighters said.

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, which canceled classes Thursday because many of its students frequented Borderline, was closed again Friday because of the Woolsey Fire.

Approximately 75,000 homes are under evacuation orders throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

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. "I pray everyone is safe", she wrote.




A wildfire that moved so fast that firefighters couldn't hope to stop it quadrupled in size Friday after destroying several thousand buildings and leveling much of a Northern California town of almost 30,000 people, authorities said.

This fire quickly spread to cover 10,000 acres, Ventura County Fire Department officials said.

Fire officials ordered the evacuation of large swaths of the beachside city of Malibu Friday as a raging fire jumped the USA 101 Freeway west of Los Angeles and raced toward the sea and the community famed for its surf and celebrity homes.

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.

While no homes or businesses have been lost due to the fast-moving fire, a number of RVs and outbuildings have been burned and a firefighter suffered a minor injury, authorities said.

The fire has burned about 10,000 acres, according to officials, and at least 75,000 residents in both counties have been evacuated.

Saddlebow between Maverick Lane and Morgan Road in Bell Canyon, north of Hwy 101, south of Bell Canyon Road, west of Valley Circle, east of state Route 23. The Santa Anas are strong, dry winds that high-pressure systems push from east to west, from the mountains and desert areas down into the Los Angeles area.

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