Malibu On Fire, Evacuated

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

The city of Malibu along the California coast is under mandatory evacuation this morning after a wildfire known as the Woolsey Fire jumped across the 101 freeway and began burning south.

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

Approximately 75,000 homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties are under mandatory evacuations due to the Woolsey and Hill fires.

The Woolsey Fire burned over 9,000 acres near Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills north of the 101 Freeway Thursday, but Friday morning it jumped across the highway near Liberty Canyon Road in Agoura.

No injuries have been reported in either fire. It burned in the same path as the 2013 Springs Fire that torched 24,000 acres before running into the Pacific Ocean.

CBS2's Kandiss Crone described the sight, saying, "The little bunnies there, quite a few of them, we've seen trying to escape the flames and get out, get to safety because their home, their habitat is on fire".

Cal Fire has used aircraft minimally because high winds diminish their effectiveness in dropping retardant, Pimlott explained during Friday morning's press conference. That county is also facing danger from a second fire, the Hill Fire, which sparked Thursday very near the location of the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks where 12 were killed. "I pray everyone is safe", she on wrote Instagram along with thanks for the responding firefighters and requests for prayers for Calabasas.

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Camp Fire has already reached Chico, home to 90,000 people, about 20 miles of west of Paradise and 90 miles north of Sacramento.

The Hill Fire is another battle firefighters in Ventura County are contending with. "You pose a danger to yourself and emergency responders", Ventura County Fire Department Captain Scott Dettorre said about the drivers.

Fire officials state a significant number structures have been damaged or destroyed and is estimated to be over 8,000 acres.

A lot of the resources assigned to the Hill Fire were transferred to the Woolsey Fire, which became the priority for firefighting efforts with heavy air support and hundreds of personnel working Friday.

"My hometown of Paradise is on fire".

Both fires are zero percent contained as of 11am on Friday, and dozens of communities on the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties have been ordered to evacuate as the flames approach.

Driven by 50 to 60 miles per hour wind gusts the brush fire is zero percent contained and also jumped Highway 101 near Chesebro Road in Agoura Hills on Friday morning.

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