Woolsey Fire: California blaze advances on Malibu

Tabitha Dunn
November 10, 2018

Powerful winds caused the Camp Fire to spread quickly, filling the sky with toxic smoke that could be seen from San Francisco.

Highway 101 is now open in both directions in Ventura County, but is closed farther south in Los Angeles County due to the Woolsey Fire burning near the border between the two counties. Malibu has about 13,000 residents and lies along 21 miles (34 kilometres) of coast at the southern foot of the mountain range.

Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief Dave Richardson says 45,000 people in Ventura County and 43,000 more in Los Angeles County were ordered to evacuate overnight.

Since the Hill Fire began Thursday, it has burned at least 6,000 acres.

However there were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries.

"It was insane, because when we were sitting in traffic people were panicking", she said.

Evacuations in Hidden Hills and all portions in the City of Los Angeles have been revised from mandatory to voluntary, the Fire Department stated. According to the Los Angeles Times, the fire has grown to 8,000 acres as is burning through Oak Park into Agoura Hills. "I pray everyone is safe", she on wrote Instagram along with thanks for the responding firefighters and requests for prayers for Calabasas.

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A second evacuation center for animals was opened this morning at Hansen Dam, 11770 Foothill Blvd.in Lake View Terrace, after the evacuation center at Pierce College in Woodland Hills reached capacity.

Homeowners fleeing the wind-driven blaze jammed roadways as the fire crept closer to a community that is home to such movie and TV stars as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Ellen DeGeneres and Angelina Jolie.

As a result of the fire jumping the freeway, the City of Malibu was placed under mandatory evacuation orders, an emergency alert stated. It was burning in the same area impacted by the 2013 Springs Fire where there was "sparse fuel", fire officials said Friday.

Her family was among the 40,000 residents forced to evacuate in Butte County, California, after the fire broke out early Thursday, "growing uncontrollably" at a rate of about 80 football fields per minute.

The Ventura County fire department said Friday that 75,000 homes were ordered evacuated in the two adjoining counties west of Los Angeles.

Santa Barbara County fire agencies sent strike teams to help fight the Ventura County fires and local law enforcement agencies sent personnel south to help evacuate residents and staff road closures, sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said Friday.

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