Friday, 16 November, 2018

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

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
Rosie Leonard | 10 November, 2018, 02:28

For Thousand Oaks, which had been considered one of the safest cities in the nation before a gunman massacred 12 people at a country music bar, the spasm of violence jolted the city's sense of security. Flames were inches away, smoke was thick, cars weren't moving and people were panicking. Cal State Channel Islands has also been closed.

Evacuations are now under way, with tens of thousands of people having already been forced to flee their homes, and hot and dry weather conditions are exacerbating the problem.

A wildfire burning in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas quadrupled in size, cutting power off from more than 23,000 homes and businesses late Thursday.

The Butte county sheriff's office says an evacuation order was issued on Friday for the small communities of Stirling City and Inskip, north of Paradise, where thousands of homes were destroyed.

Dettorre is concerned that as the fire crosses the freeway "it will make its historic and typical run all the way down Pacific Coast Highway".

Mandatory evacuations were already ordered for north of the 101 from Valley Vista to Reyes Adobe in the areas of Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Westlake Village, according to emergency officials. Drought-stricken fuels, Santa Ana wind conditions, low relative humidity, high temperatures: "It's a recipe for fire", said Ventura County Fire Department Assistant Chief Chad Cook, the incident commander for the Hill Fire.

Sherri Pritchard said she only had time to grab a few pictures before fleeing with her family and dogs, even leaving clothes behind.

It was 0 percent contained and the cause was under investigation.

"Evacuated last night. Bleak House an the collection may be endangered but the gift of life remains".

"The smell of the smoke and realizing the smoke was a lot closer than I thought and then seeing flames up to my knees". Jenner took to Instagram to share an update on her whereabouts, saying in the clip, "We're safe at a safe house". The fires grew to 20,000 acres from 5,000 earlier Thursday.

Camp Fire in Butte County Red circles on this live-updating map are actively burning areas, as detected by satellite.

Residents posted on social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in the Newbury Park area of western Thousand Oaks.

While no homes or businesses have been lost due to the fast-moving fire, a number of RVs and outbuildings have been burned and a firefighter suffered a minor injury, authorities said.

Air tankers swooped through the skies, making low passes to dump water and flame retardant as firefighters tried to protect homes amid gusts topping 60 miles per hour (96 kph).

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