Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

California fires: Malibu residents ordered to evacuate

California fires: Malibu residents ordered to evacuate

In Los Angeles, a brush fire broke out near Griffith Park on Friday morning, behind the Los Angeles Zoo. At about 9 a.m. local time the Los Angeles County Fire Department PIO said it was "headed to the ocean".

The Woolsey fire was one of three ravaging the state, with the northern California town of Paradise in Butte County largely destroyed overnight.

The latest numbers estimate the Hill fire has burned over 10,000 acres. Winds were blowing between 25-30 miles per hour and pushed the fire across the freeway onto Conejo Mountain toward the Pacific Coast Highway.

The two blazes are among 16 now active fires in California.

About two-thirds of the city of Malibu was ordered evacuated early Friday as a ferocious Southern California's wildfire roared toward the beachside community that is home for many Hollywood celebrities.

As the Woolsey fire approaches Malibu, all areas south of the 101 Freeway from Ventura County line to Las Virgenes/Malibu Cyn, southward to the ocean, were told to leave immediately after the fire jumped the 101 at Liberty Cyn Rd and Chesebro Rd in nearby Agoura Hills.

Since the Hill Fire began Thursday, it has burned at least 6,000 acres. (Chico is about 90 miles north of Sacramento.) 35 mph winds are hampering efforts to contain the blaze, which has already destroyed the town of Paradise, burning more than 1,000 homes and the town hospital.

The Ventura County Fire Department reports structures, outbuildings, and vehicles have been damaged and destroyed.

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

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

A strike team of five fire engines and a battalion chief was sent at about 4 p.m., said Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jack Crabtree.

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.

The National Weather Service issued red-flag warnings for fire dangers in many areas of the state, saying low humidity and strong winds were expected to continue through the evening.

Evacuations in Hidden Hills and all portions in the City of Los Angeles have been revised from mandatory to voluntary, the Fire Department stated. "Just landed back home and had one hour to pack up and evacuate our home". She had been filming aerial shots in her private plane earlier for her Instagram Stories and realized her own home was threatened.

On Thursday at 2:25 p.m., a second brush fire ignited in the area of Rocketdyne, south of the City of Simi Valley, called the Woolsey Fire. She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.

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