75,000 homes evacuated as Southern California fire rages

Frederick Owens
November 9, 2018

The city of Malibu along the California coast is under mandatory evacuation this morning after a wildfire known as the Woolsey Fire jumped across the 101 freeway and began burning south.

One fire that broke out near the northeast corner of Los Angeles has roared westward, jumped USA 101 in the Calabasas area and is surging up the Santa Monica Mountains.

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.

The entire city of Malibu was ordered to evacuate Friday morning as well as surrounding areas south of Highway 101, the entire community of Oak Park and sections of Thousand Oaks, according to a Ventura County incident webpage.

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.

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.

For the latest updates, visit the Ventura County Fire Department, Public Information Officer Twitter here.

The blaze that started Thursday morning east of Paradise and decimated the town also spread to the west.

Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean said Paradise is no longer standing. Within minutes, her family and thousands of people were racing to escape the raging flames of the Camp Fire.

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It reached the edge of Chico, a city of 90,000 people Thursday night.

However there were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries. Voluntary evacuations have been added in Ventura County for Lake Sherwood and the area south of Highway 101 and north of Potrero Rd. between Westlake Blvd. and Wendy Dr.in Thousand Oaks. "I pray everyone is safe", she wrote.

About two-thirds of the city of Malibu was ordered evacuated early Friday as a ferocious Southern California's wildfire roared toward the beachside community that is home for many Hollywood celebrities.

Residents took to social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in Newbury Park, which borders Thousands Oaks to the west.

Another fire was burning farther west in Ventura County, also moving toward the ocean.

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

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

Taft High School and Pierce College are open to people in Los Angeles County.

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