City Of Malibu Under Mandatory Evacuation Order As SoCal Fires Grow Overnight

Long Beach Fire Department strike team sent to battle Hill Fire in Ventura • Long Beach Post
Two Brush Fires Burning Out Of Control In Ventura County; Highway 101 Closed
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10 November, 2018

The latest numbers estimate the Hill fire has burned over 10,000 acres.

NWS said wind guests of 50 to 70mph were expected to lash the mountains in Ventura County. The trendy beach resort has about 13,000 residents and 21 miles of gorgeous coastline.

"The town is devastated, everything is destroyed", California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt. Scott McLean told NBC News.

Our sources say the home went up in flames Friday as the fire burned toward Malibu.

Fire crews were especially concerned with Highway 101 in the Agoura area Friday morning, where flames began jumping from the north side to the south side of the freeway about 5:30 a.m., KTLA reported. Parts of that major freeway were closed in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, fire officials said.

Strong winds blow smoke horizontally over the the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean over the city of Malibu, far distance, in Southern California, seen from the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Friday morning, November 9, 2018.

While not as big as the Camp Fire, the Woolsey Fire, which now measures approximately 8,000 acres, is in a much more densely populated area.

The blaze that started Thursday morning east of Paradise and decimated the town also spread to the west. The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!"

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A series of fast-moving wildfires is racing Friday up and down California, leaving at least five dead, destroying thousands of structures and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate through flame-lined streets.

To the west in Ventura County, Moorpark College is closed due to the impacts of fire and Wednesday night's deadly mass shooting in nearby Thousand Oaks.

A pair of intense wildfires in Ventura County have also led to the evacuation of 105,000 people in Southern California, leading acting Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency there while Gov. Also shut down were the schools of the Conejo Valley School District, headquartered in Thousand Oaks, and the Los Angeles Unified School District's Topanga Elementary Charter School.

Howling Santa Ana winds were driving the Woolsey and Hill fires.

A separate fire is threatening Malibu and has caused the city to be evacuated.

Early Friday, the city of Malibu was ordered to evacuate as a wildfire approached the coastal area. By Thursday evening, it had scorched up to 7,000 acres and sent residents of more than 1,200 homes fleeing, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Firefighters are challenged by residents moving about evacuation areas and high traffic as they follow the fire front.


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