Monday, 19 November, 2018

Thousand Oaks Evacuee: ‘How Much More Can The City Endure?’

Long Beach Fire Department strike team sent to battle Hill Fire in Ventura • Long Beach Post Down the road from the Thousand Oaks shooting, people are being evacuated because of a wildfire
Ginger Lopez | 10 November, 2018, 02:31

Residents of the beachside city of Malibu have been ordered to evacuate as three fast-moving wildfires raged in California on Friday morning, including one that also spurred the evacuation of 75,000 homes near a city that was still reeling from a mass shooting.

On Thursday, as flames engulfed Paradise, frantic residents racing to safety plunged into the thick smoke that darkened the daytime sky and made driving hard.

As fires sparked in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, more celebrities found themselves in jeopardy.

Schools in the area, including Pepperdine University, CSU Channel Islands, Cal Lutheran University, Moorpark Community College, as well as a number of Ventura County K-12 schools have all been closed.

As of Friday morning, evacuation centers were set up at Thousand Oaks High School, at 2323 North Moorpark Road; the Borchard Community Center at 190 Reino Road in Newbury Park; and Camarillo Community Center at 1605 Burnley St. The city of Malibu was under mandatory evacuation orders Friday morning.

Authorities fear the fire, fueled by strong winds, could reach Chico - a city of 90,000 people where many Butte County families already have evacuated to shelters.

It had burned 8,000 acres and there was no containment or expected containment, according to a Ventura County Fire Department update at 3:30 a.m. 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. Thousands evacuated, many abandoned their vehicles and fleeing on foot as flames surrounded major roadways in the area. "It's going to take some time", he said.




"The smell of the smoke and realizing the smoke was a lot closer than I thought and then seeing flames up to my knees".

'We made it out, the dogs made it out, a few of our belongings made it out and we're safe and that's all that matters'. Video from the scene shows firefighters battling to extinguish burning buildings, as the sky glowed orange and filled with smoke.

Camp Fire in Butte County Red circles on this live-updating map are actively burning areas, as detected by satellite. "You pose a danger to yourself and emergency responders", Ventura County Fire Department Captain Scott Dettorre said about the drivers.

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.

Officials said strong winds are making it hard for air tankers to extinguish the flames.

Wind gusts of up to 77 miles per hour were reported in Los Angeles County on Friday morning.

Evacuees described harrowing escapes from flames that picked up unexpectedly Thursday afternoon. A second round of Santa Ana winds is forecast to whip the area Sunday through Tuesday, though it may be weaker than Friday's.

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