'God help us!' Pair of California wildfires, spurred by high win

Long Beach Fire Department strike team sent to battle Hill Fire in Ventura • Long Beach Post

Long Beach Fire Department strike team sent to battle Hill Fire in Ventura • Long Beach Post

Almost 150,000 residents in Southern California have been ordered to evacuate as the Hill and Woolsey Fires move westward toward the Pacific Ocean.

The fire has already jumped Highway 101 and at this time more than 75,000 homes are already under evacuation in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Also burning in Ventura County was the Hill Fire, which had scorched about 6,000 acres (2,428 hectares) on Friday morning, Lorenzen said.

Caitlyn Jenner's Malibu home has reportedly burned down in the Woolsey Fire that is ravaging Los Angeles County.

The National Weather Service now predicts heavy winds throughout Friday morning could potentially help spread the blaze.

"We thought the fire was going to kill us", she told CNN.

Cal State Channel Islands has ordered a mandatory evacuation of the campus due to the fire, and all classes and activities have been canceled this evening, according to a news release from campus officials.

With their habitat ablaze, wildlife have been also forced out of their homes by the Woolsey Fire.

Captain Scott McLean, from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said the Camp Fire had grown to almost 110 square miles after devouring the town of Paradise.

"While a lot of my yard and neighbors' yards burned, the firefighters saved our homes", Janic tweeted just after 2 a.m. (5 a.m. ET) Friday. She had been filming aerial shots in her private plane earlier for her Instagram Stories and realized her own home was threatened.

California fire captain Scott McLean said earlier that "pretty much the entire community of Paradise is destroyed", adding that the fire had grown to nearly 110 square miles - four times its original size.

Desperate residents fled their homes armed with pets and children to escape the burning flames.

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.

Early Friday morning, the wildfire jumped the 101 in Ventura County into Agoura Hills, closing a 4-mile stretch of the highway.

A separate massive blaze raging in Northern California since Thursday morning has almost quadrupled in size overnight, according to one Californian fire official. 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.

Wind gusts of up to 77 miles per hour were reported in Los Angeles County on Friday morning.

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