Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

75,000 homes evacuated as Southern California fire rages

A screenshot showing helicopter footage of the Hill Fire on Thursday Nov. 8 2018 A screenshot showing helicopter footage of the Hill Fire on Thursday Nov. 8 2018
Patty Aguilar | 09 November, 2018, 21:16

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.

"La County Fire Department tweeted: "*URGENT SAFETY MESSAGE* Fire has jumped the 101 fwy near Chesebro and is headed to Ocean Mandatory Evacuations, 101 Fwy to the coast between Las Virgenes Cyn /Malibu Cyn Rd.to the LA County line.

Only a day after it began, the fire near the town of Paradise had grown to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers). Two separate fires erupted within miles of each other on Thursday shutting down the 101 Freeway in both directions and sweeping towards the Santa Monica Mountains.

Fire officials state a significant number structures have been damaged or destroyed and is estimated to be over 8,000 acres.

Fire officials have issued evacuation notices for parts of Chico, a town of 93,000 people north of Sacramento. Fire officials said strong winds had hampered efforts to drop retardant by aircraft.

"While a lot of my yard and neighbors' yards burned, the firefighters saved our homes", Janic tweeted just after 2 a.m. (5 a.m. ET) Friday.

Around 26,000 residents live in Paradise in the Sierra foothills.

Here's another escape video, driving through a burning neighborhood.

Bass evacuated his family and then returned to the fire to help rescue several disabled residents, including a man trying to carry his bedridden wife to safety. "The south side as well as the north side has been hit very hard as well". On Instagram she urged people to "pray for Calabasas". "It was chaos. I couldn't believe what people were doing".

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Two wildfires raging west of Los Angeles have force thousands of people to leave their homes.

Another blaze in northern California has destroyed one town and is threatening another, officials say.

More than 400 firefighters from Ventura County, Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles and Cal Fire were battling the brush fire. That's equal to about 60 football fields per minute.

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

The Woolsey Fire broke out about 2:25 p.m. Thursday, pushed by strong Santa Ana winds which prevented fire commanders from ordering aerial assaults in the early morning hours.

As a result of the fire jumping the freeway, the City of Malibu was placed under mandatory evacuation orders, an emergency alert stated. "There's nothing much left standing", said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott Maclean.

Residents of the beachside city of Malibu have been ordered to evacuate as three fast-moving wildfires raged in California on Friday morning, including one that also spurred the evacuation of 75,000 homes near a city that was still reeling from a mass shooting.

"Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home". She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.

No injuries have been reported.

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