Woolsey Fire burns 8,000 acres; 75K homes under evacuation orders

10 November, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Carlos George

The Woolsey blaze also struck parts of Los Angeles County, where mandatory evacuation orders were given on Friday morning, United States time, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. Now a brush fire is threatening the surrounding area.

The fire broke out near Thousand Oaks, an area about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles where an attacker killed 12 people on Wednesday, prompting the evacuation of 75,000 homes.

Pimlott said six major fires are now burning in California, with three (Camp, Woolsey and Hill) designated "critical".

Dettorre is concerned that as the fire crosses the freeway "it will make its historic and typical run all the way down Pacific Coast Highway".

The two blazes are among 16 now active fires in California.

So far, it has burned at least 70,000 acres, injured firefighters and residents and destroyed parts of Paradise, a town of 26,000 people roughly 80 miles north of Sacramento.

The 101 freeway is closed as the both the Hill and Woolsey fires have jumped the freeway near Camarillo as well as in Agoura Hills near Malibu.

Fanned by high winds and low humidity, the fires spread rapidly Thursday and overnight Friday.

The Ventura County Fire Department reports structures, outbuildings, and vehicles have been damaged and destroyed. "It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us".

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Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean said a couple of thousand structures were destroyed in the town about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

The highway is expected to remain closed Friday morning, Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said.

The city tweeted that the evacuation affects areas between the Ventura county line and Malibu Canyon.

The Thousand Oaks Teen Center had to be used as an evacuation site overnight for people fleeing the blazes - after being used Thursday as a family reunification center, where frantic parents waited for news of their children in the wake of the massacre at Borderline Bar & Grill.

"Imminent threat!" the department said in its warning.

An 10,000 acre plus brush fire known as the Hill Fire is burning out of control on the Conejo Grade, north of Newbury Park.

The Woosley Fire exploded from 2,000 acres to 8,000 in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in a matter of hours Thursday night into Friday. She had been filming aerial shots in her private plane earlier for her Instagram Stories and realized her own home was threatened.

Evacuations in Hidden Hills and all portions in the City of Los Angeles have been revised from mandatory to voluntary, the Fire Department stated. At one point, the unrelenting flames burned about 2,000 acres per hour taking down everything - big box stores, homes, and businesses - in its path. She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.

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