California fires: Malibu residents ordered to evacuate

Ventura County Fire Department The Woolsey Fire near Thousand Oaks Calif was threatening 30,000 homes on Friday Nov. 9 2018

Ventura County Fire Department The Woolsey Fire near Thousand Oaks Calif was threatening 30,000 homes on Friday Nov. 9 2018

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

A series of fast-moving wildfires is racing Friday up and down California, destroying thousands of structures and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate through flame-lined streets.

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.

Approximately 75,000 homes are under evacuation orders throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Television reports showed several homes on fire in the Oak Park community.

Santa Barbara area firefighters are helping to fight two large brush fires burning in Ventura County that sparked on Thursday. She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.

The city of Malibu is under a mandatory evacuation order as the Woolsey fire threatens the communities of Calabasas and Malibu, covering as much as 8,000 acres as of Friday morning.

The swift-moving Camp Fire, raging about 80 miles north of Sacramento, consumed Paradise, and moved Friday morning into the eastern side of Chico, a city with a population of around 90,000.

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.

Hidden Hills resident Adrienne Janic gave her home over to firefighters late Thursday to use as a command center. Meanwhile, the Hill Fire, located just down the road from the Thousand Oaks bar where 12 people were killed earlier this week in a mass shooting, has topped 10,000 acres.

Just 12 minutes after it started Thursday afternoon, the flames spread across U.S. 101, leaving several drivers temporarily stranded.

Howling Santa Ana winds were driving the Woolsey and Hill fires. No roadways were closed as of Friday.

Residents took to social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in Newbury Park, which borders Thousands Oaks to the west. The fire got started north of the 101 freeway in Simi Valley where it burned a number of homes last night.

Fire officials anticipate the fire will reach the Pacific Ocean.

The Los Angeles Police Department was placed on a citywide tactical alert about 12:45 a.m.to ensure all resources are available to assist with any evacuation orders and road closures prompted by the Woolsey Fire, according to a department statement.

Heavy smoke and strong winds hampered visibility for crews on the firelines and residents trying to evacuate fire zones.

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