Saturday, 17 November, 2018

California Wildfires: Malibu Evacuates, Brush Fire Erupts in Griffith Park

A Santa Barbara County fire truck doing structure protection at the Hill Fire in Camarillo Long Beach Fire Department strike team sent to battle Hill Fire in Ventura • Long Beach Post
Steven Clarke | 09 November, 2018, 20:37

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.

Almost 75,000 homes are under evacuation orders and at least 30,000 are at risk.

The brush fire was first reported around 6:30 AM Thursday morning and burned roughly 18,000 acres by midday Thursday.

The blaze has spread rapidly overnight, fanned by strong winds, and has jumped Highway 101, a major route west of Los Angeles.

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

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

CAL Fire reports the fire is about 8,000 to 10,000 acres at this time.

The city tweeted that the evacuation affects areas between the Ventura county line and Malibu Canyon. Last night it covered just 2,000 acres.

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

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Firefighters had their hands full, as another blaze to the north, the Hill Fire, prompted mandatory evacuations in Newbury Park and a closure of the 101 Freeway from Borchard Rd.to Pleasant Valley Rd.

Los Angeles county and city crews were assisting in the firefight, which was taking place as a second, larger brush fire raged further west in Ventura County in the Santa Rosa Valley and Thousand Oaks area.

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.

Scott Maclean, the state's forestry and fire protection spokesman, said a number of civilians and firefighters had been injured in the fire north of Sacramento but it would be days before the authorities knew whether anyone had died.

Fire officials anticipate the fire will reach the Pacific Ocean.

Where is the Woolsey Fire spreading to?

Wildfires raging west of Los Angeles have forced school closures.

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

The National Weather Service now predicts heavy winds throughout Friday morning could potentially help spread the blaze.

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