Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Two Major Fires Burning in Ventura County


In Southern California, strong Santa Ana winds were fanning two fires, including the Woolsey Fire, which by Friday morning had burned across United States 101 and was heading in the direction of Malibu.

Firefighters are challenged by residents moving about evacuation areas and high traffic as they follow the fire front.

The fire placed more than 75,000 homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties under evacuation orders as of Friday morning, and there was still no containment on the blaze.

"The town is devastated, everything is destroyed".

Friday's declaration is the second in as many days, as Newsom declared emergency for the Butte County fire Thursday.

Fire officials initially ordred the evacuation of all 13,000 residents of the community, which stretches 21 miles along the ocean, but later scaled it back to the western two-thirds of the city.

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Almost 2,300 fire personnel are battling the blaze.

Massive wildfires are tearing through parts of California, destroying hundreds buildings and forcing thousands of people from their homes.

The Hill Fire also jumped the 101 near Camarillo Springs Road and reached the freeway 12 to 15 minutes after it started, pushed by extreme winds.

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

Only a day after it began, the fire near the town of Paradise had grown to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

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

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An 10,000 acre plus brush fire known as the Hill Fire is burning out of control on the Conejo Grade, north of Newbury Park.

The Ventura County Fire Department on Friday morning estimated that the blaze had burned 6,100 acres, a smaller number than a Thursday afternoon estimate of 8,000 to 10,000 acres.

The Thousand Oaks Teen Center had to be used as an evacuation site overnight for people fleeing the blazes - after being used Thursday as a family reunification center, where frantic parents waited for news of their children in the wake of the massacre at Borderline Bar & Grill.

Wind gusts of up to 77 miles per hour were reported in Los Angeles County on Friday morning. It's already burned dozens of homes and threatens 30,000 more. While there have been injuries from the fire, there's no official tally of how many civilians and firefighters were hurt or possibly killed. 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.

More than 400 firefighters from Ventura County, Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles and Cal Fire were battling the brush fire. She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.

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