California wildfires: More than 150000 flee two blazes

California wildfires: More than 150000 flee two blazes

Malibu residents ordered to evacuate as California wildfire sweeps towards coast

Read more One of the fires broke out on Thursday north-west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the US 101 freeway early on Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica mountains.

Malibu has about 13,000 residents and lies along 21 miles (34km) of coast at the southern foot of the mountain range.

The Los Angeles county fire department tweeted that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: Imminent threat!

The fire prompted the closure of all schools in the Las Virgines Unified School District in Calabasas, as well as Viewpoint School, Montessori of Calabasas, Montessori of Calabasas Too and Muse School, the city of Calabasas announced Friday morning.

Malibu Under Evacuation Orders as Massive Fire Rages

The director of the California governors office of emergency services said fires across California have forced 157,000 people from their homes. Mark Ghilarducci provided the figure at a news briefing on Friday.

The Woolsey Fire was originally reported just south of Simi Valley and about 25 miles southwest of Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people enjoying country line dancing at college night before killing himself.

Woolsey Fire burns 8,000 acres; 75K homes under evacuation orders

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. Thousand Oaks is a 30-minute drive north of Malibu.

"We've been pushing this and pushing this," CalFire Capt. Scott McLean said in a phone interview early Friday morning. When those evacuations come, you have to go. There's no arguing. You have to go." 

The Los Angeles and Ventura county fire departments say multiple buildings have been destroyed or damaged, but exact numbers were not available early on Friday.

Not too far away, firefighters were also battling the Hill Fire, which broke out along Hill Canyon in Santa Rosa Valley. By 9 a.m. Friday, CalFire said it had burned 6,000 acres.

The flames are being driven by southern Californias notorious Santa Ana winds, which blow from the north-east toward the coast.

Paradise, located on a ridge, has limited escape routes. Traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock and residents abandoned vehicles and ran from the flames, carrying children and pets, officials said. One woman stuck in traffic went into labor, the Enterprise-Record newspaper reported.

A second fire has been burning in the Santa Rosa Valley east of Camarillo, west of Simi Valley near Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks. By Thursday evening, it had scorched up to 7,000 acres and sent residents of more than 1,200 homes fleeing, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In Ventura County, “Strong Santa Ana winds (are) expected to continue through this morning,” the National Weather Service in Los Angeles said on Twitter on Friday. That helped double the size of the Woolsey Fire to 8,000 acres (3238 hectares), fire officials said.

Meanwhile, officials in northern California say a wildfire that devastated a town of 27,000 is moving north and have ordered people in two Sierra Nevada foothill communities to leave their homes.

The Butte county sheriffs office said 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.

Cal Fires Bill Murphy said winds have calmed down in the valley but that there are shifting, erratic winds with speeds of up to 45mph (72 km/h) along ridge tops.

In Northern California, the Camp Fire advanced rapidly to the outskirts of the city of Chico early on Friday, forcing thousands to flee after it left the nearby town of Paradise in ruins, California fire officials said.

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

However, stars who currently live there are Leonardo Dicaprio, Lady Gaga, Halle Berry, John Cusack, Rob Reiner, Edward Norton, Craig Ferguson, Martin Sheen, Miley Cyrus, Mel Gibson, Kid Rock, Patrick Dempsey, Cindy Crawford, Caitlyn Jenner and Jillian Michaels.

It reached the edge of Chico, a city of 90,000 people on Thursday night. Murphy said firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remained in place.

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The city tweeted that the evacuation affects areas between the Ventura county line and Malibu Canyon.

Other huge Hollywood names who own homes along the exclusive shore is Robert Redford, Robert Downey Jr, Courtney Cox, Barbra Streisand, Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg and Sally Field.

All Santa Monica Unified School District schools and Pepperdine University are closed. There is also a power outage in the Big Rock neighborhood, which is outside the immediate evacuation area.

Robert De Niro, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Dr De, Katy Perry, Pamela Anderson and Simon Cowell are also a few of Malibu’s most high profile residents.

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The area under mandatory evacuation includes the exclusive communities of Paradise Cove, Point Dume, Broad Beach and Malibu West.

Many other well known faces have lived in the beach city, including John Travolta who lived in the Sunny city during his Saturday Night Fever Days.

The 101 freeway is closed as the both the Hill and Woolsey fires have jumped the freeway near Camarillo as well as in Agoura Hills near Malibu. The fast-moving Hill fires started near the community of Thousand Oaks, which was in the midst of grappling with the Wednesday night shooting that killed 12 at the Borderline nightclub.

Mandatory evacuations went up overnight in large parts of Ventura County. The countys fire department reported that there were 30,000 people under evacuation orders, many forced to flee in the dead of night. The evacuation orders have spread to Los Angeles County as firefighters have been unable to keep pace with the fires racing across the landscape. The Woolsey Fire jumped the 101 Freeway on Friday morning and began to descend on the multi-million dollar homes of Malibu. The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that it posed an [i]mminent threat!

Woolsey Fire Jumps Freeway, Mandatory Evacuations Ordered –

The L.A. Times reported that a total of 75,000 homes in both Ventura and Los Angeles counties are currently under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders, including Westlake Village and parts of Calabasas, where numerous entertainers including Alyssa Milano and Kim Kardashian have lavish homes.

Powerful Santa Ana winds blasting up to 60 mph have made conditions even worse. The winds are annual occurrence in Southern California. As they flow from east to west, rolling down the mountains and into valleys, the air they move becomes compressed. That heats it up and dries it out, which in turn can create dangerous fire conditions. Pile that on top of a severe drought thats gripped the region for months, creating loads of fire fuel, and you have a recipe for the disaster currently unfolding.

I just had to evacuate my home from the fires. I took my kids, dogs, computer and my Doc Marten boots.

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In Northern California’s Butte County, a huge brush fire devasted the town of Paradise, where 1,000 structures were lost.

Update November 9, 12:31 p.m. ET: Local officials held a press conference to update reporters on the state of the Woolsey and Hill fires. Los Angeles County Chief Deputy David Richardson said there are more than 2,000 firefighters currently battling the blazes in Southern California and that up to 60,000 homes could see mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders over the course of the day.

The Los Angeles Fire Department reported at 7:53 a.m. Friday that a brush fire has also broken out in Griffith Park, near the zoo. Zoo officials tweeted are preparing to evacuate some animals and hosing down the hillsides. In recent days, warm, dry winds have swept Southern California, which has seen just one rainstorm in the past several months.

The twin blazes began in Ventura County on Thursday, forcing widespread evacuations in a region reeling from a deadly mass shooting earlier this week. As of late Thursday night, the Woolsey Fire had burned 7,500 acres and the Hill Fire was up to 10,000 acres. Both are running completely wild with zero percent containment as flames race up and down the steep hillsides.

Rainn Wilson tweeted Thursday that he had also evacuated, and asked for prayers — and cash — for the people of Thousand Oaks.

My House has been evacuated due to nearby fires in Thousand Oaks. (The pigs & dogs are fine, thank you) Please send your prayers to the people of Thousand Oaks and the victims of the shooting that are now having to evacuate their homes and neighborhoods. Then send them some cash.

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