Woolsey Fire in Ventura County quadruples overnight; 30,000 evacuated

09 November, 2018, 23:49 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • An unknown number of homes and buildings in Paradise have been destroyed by the Camp Fire

Fanned by high winds and low humidity, the fires spread rapidly Thursday and overnight Friday.

Voluntary evacuations of 75,000 homes had already been called for because of the Woolsey fire that affected parts of Thousand Oaks, the site of a shooting massacre this week.

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

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.

Melissa Etheridge was also forced to evacuate, and tweeted that she was safe in Santa Monica.

The Associated Press reports that it sent residents racing to escape on roads that turned into tunnels of fire as thick smoke blanketed the daytime sky with darkness.

The fire has burned more than 14,000 acres and all of Malibu is under mandatory evacuation.

Many residents who live in the area of the Woolsey Fire are reporting being without power.

"There was really no firefight involved", said Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, explaining that crews gave up on attacking the flames and instead helped people evacuate.


The fire was driven by heavy winds last night.

Tanah Clunies-Ross woke up in the dark to what sounded like lumps of coal raining down on her Northern California home.

Cal Fire Captain - John Gaddie - said the town of just 27,000 was "destroyed" by the flames.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Calabasas home as well as Caitlyn Jenner's in Malibu have both been hit by the devastating wildfires overtaking Southern California, it has been reported.

Early Friday morning, the wildfire jumped the 101 in Ventura County into Agoura Hills, closing a 4-mile stretch of the highway.

Responders are still assessing how many structures were lost, but the priority Friday was life safety and making sure people get evacauted from threatened areas, he said.

The Woolsey Fire appeared to be the more risky of the two blazes, and was burning south through the Kanan Road corridor toward Malibu and the ocean.

NWS said wind guests of 50 to 70mph were expected to lash the mountains in Ventura County.

Evacuation orders are in effect for Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley. A second round of Santa Ana winds is forecast to whip the area Sunday through Tuesday, though it may be weaker than Friday's.

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