Mandatory evacuations ordered due to Woolsey Fire

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 9, 2018

The fire then pushed southward, jumped the wide US 101 freeway before dawn Friday and pushed into the Santa Monica range.

The flames are now threatening coastal areas further south, fire officials said. "It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us".

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. "It was chaos. I couldn't believe what people were doing".

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

The challenging fire conditions are expected to continue Friday in Southern California where wind alerts and red flag warnings have been issued and wind gusts could reach 70 miles per hour and relative humidity could be as low as 2 percent.

Camp Fire in Butte County Red circles on this live-updating map are actively burning areas, as detected by satellite. That's equal to about 60 football fields per minute.

Residents have now been ordered to evacuate from several more towns to the west of Thousand Oaks, including Calabasas immediately south of Highway 101 and Malibu on the coast, as well as from the western edge of Los Angeles. It burned in the same path as the 2013 Springs Fire that torched 24,000 acres before running into the Pacific Ocean.

The Ventura County Fire Department reports structures, outbuildings, and vehicles have been damaged and destroyed.

About 12:30 a.m. Friday, all residents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties north of the Ventura (101) Freeway, south of Bell Canyon Road, west of Valley Circle Boulevard and east of Erbes Road, as well as north of Kanan Road, west of Lindero Canyon to Erbes Road extending north to Sunset Hills Boulevard, were told to evacuate, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

"As a precaution and to facilitate a safe and orderly response to the Hill Canyon Fire, the NBVC Commanding Officer has issued a MANDATORY EVACUATION order for NBVC Point Mugu", the base sent out in a press release. The north and southbound lanes of the 101 freeway near Santa Rosa Road.

Evacuation orders in the Hidden Hills area of Los Angeles County were also downgraded to voluntary.

ABC7.com reports that one of the fires has now scorched 8,000 acres as winds picked up early Friday, with some 75,000 homes under evacuation orders along the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties. She had been filming aerial shots in her private plane earlier for her Instagram Stories and realized her own home was threatened. Multiple fires were reported at more than 10,000 acres with high rate of spread and mandatory evacuation orders in place as of 8 a.m. Friday, according to Cal Fire.

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