Friday, 16 November, 2018

California Wildfires: Malibu Evacuates, Brush Fire Erupts in Griffith Park

A wildfire comes down from a hilltop Thursday Nov. 8 2018 near Newbury Park Calif. The Ventura County Fire Department has ordered evacuation of some communities in the path of the fire which erupted a few miles from the site of Wednesday night's dead California Wildfires: Malibu Evacuates, Brush Fire Erupts in Griffith Park
Glenn Montgomery | 09 November, 2018, 23:04

The Woolsey blaze also struck parts of Los Angeles County, where mandatory evacuation orders were given on Friday morning, U.S. time, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

In Los Angeles, a brush fire broke out near Griffith Park on Friday morning, behind the Los Angeles Zoo.

Firefighters from Ventura and Los Angeles counties also continue to battle the Woolsey Fire under a unified command as it burns toward the coast. The blaze sent residents fleeing, and now threatens the city of Chico, home to 90,000 people.

Fire officials anticipate the fire will reach the Pacific Ocean.

Almost 2,300 fire personnel are battling the blaze. Almost 75,000 homes are under evacuation orders and at least 30,000 are at risk.

The brush fire ignited near Hill Canyon in Camarillo at 2:04 p.m., according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

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. Our community does NOT KNOW to get out and PCH is now gridlocked for miles.

The glow of the fire could be seen reflecting in their terrified eyes.

Evacuation orders were imposed overnight affecting tens of thousands of residents in both counties, and at 10 a.m. Friday, mandatory evacuation orders were expanded to include the entire city of Malibu.

"We've been pushing this and pushing this", CalFire Capt. Scott McLean said in a phone interview early Friday morning.

Friday morning, fire officials reported that the fire had jumped Highway 101 near the city of Calabasas.

That county is also facing danger from a second fire, the Hill Fire, which sparked Thursday very near the location of the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks where 12 were killed.

Cal Fire had not reported any firefighter fatalities related to containment efforts on the Camp Fire, nor the two burning in Ventura County, as of 10 a.m. Friday.

Thirty-thousand people have been evacuated so far and the number of evacuees is expected to rise as embers push ahead of the fire. The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!" At one point, the unrelenting flames burned about 2,000 acres per hour taking down everything - big box stores, homes, and businesses - in its path.

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 California Office of Emergency Services has confirmed multiple people have died as a result of the 70,000-acre Camp Fire raging in Butte County since Thursday, but no official count or estimate regarding fatalities has been announced. "I pray everyone is safe", she wrote.

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