Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Firefighters Struggle to Slow 2 Big Ventura County Wildfires

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
Herman Weaver | 09 November, 2018, 23:48

The city of Malibu along the California coast is under mandatory evacuation this morning after a wildfire known as the Woolsey Fire jumped across the 101 freeway and began burning south.

Hundreds of miles south, authorities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties have ordered the evacuation of 75,000 homes, as a wildfire bears down on the beach town of Malibu.

One of the fires broke out Thursday north-west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the USA 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains.

The "Hill Fire" was sparked Thursday in the Newbury Park Area, which is roughly one mile away from Wednesday's deadly mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.

Malibu has been ordered to evacuate, as well as Oak Park, Thousand Oaks and other areas in the Highway 101 vicinity.

The blaze that started Thursday morning east of Paradise and decimated the town also spread to the west.

"It was insane, because when we were sitting in traffic people were panicking", she said.

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.

So far, 14,000 acres of land have been burned by the fires and that number keeps growing.

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A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

Captain Scott McLean, from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said the Camp Fire had grown to almost 110 square miles after devouring the town of Paradise. This isn't the first time a natural disaster threatened her home.

This fire quickly spread to cover 10,000 acres, Ventura County Fire Department officials said.

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. Much of the brush and grasses were blackened along the valleys, and many trees were still burning, a CNN crew there observed.

A perimeter map shows the boundaries of the Hill Fire burning Friday in Ventura County.

A separate massive blaze raging in Northern California since Thursday morning has almost quadrupled in size overnight, according to one Californian fire official.

A separate blaze north of Thousand Oaks has burned about 750 acres in Simi Valley.

Winds were expected to weaken Friday afternoon into Saturday.

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