Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Wildfires near Thousand Oaks, California put 75000 homes under evacuation orders

Long Beach Fire Department strike team sent to battle Hill Fire in Ventura • Long Beach Post Two Brush Fires Burning Out Of Control In Ventura County; Highway 101 Closed
Freda Brock | 10 November, 2018, 02:29

About 75,000 homes have been evacuated along the Ventura-Los Angeles County line in Southern California as a massive fire raged early Friday amid strong Santa Ana winds.

Evacuation orders were imposed overnight affecting tens of thousands of residents in both counties, and at 10 a.m. Friday, mandatory evacuation orders were expanded to include the entire city of Malibu.

"The fires broke out less than 24 hours after a mass murder at a popular Thousand Oaks restaurant/bar, where the suspect killed 12 people including a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Ron Helus, before killing himself", Hoover said in a statement. Almost 75,000 homes are under evacuation orders and at least 30,000 are at risk.

The National Park Service says it has no details or photos but the structures that formed Old West facades are believed to have burned on Friday.

Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro tweeted that he had abandoned his vast "Bleak House" museum collection of fantasy and horror memorabilia, while singer Etheridge said she had moved into a hotel due to the fire.

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.

Writing to her 21million followers, the star said: 'I cannot sleep! It too has jumped the 101 near Chesebro Road, according to Ventura County Fire, and is moving south near Liberty Canyon Road.

Thousands were evacuated, including from schools and hospitals. Fire engines were not able to reach the fire, and firefighters were forced to hike in on foot and hose down vulnerable areas, while a firefighting helicopter hovered overhead.

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Fanned by high overnight winds, multiple fires have ripped through the state of California in recent days.

U.S. media reports that schools have also been closed and evacuated due to the fire, and animals have been moved out of the LA Zoo in Griffith Park.

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. Winds haven't been as strong in fires in the area in the recent past.

TMZ first reported that Jenner's home in the Malibu hills had been destroyed.

Pepperdine University on Friday closed its Malibu and Calabasas campuses because of the approaching blaze.

In Hidden Hills, just north of Calabasas, Adrienne Janic gave her home over to firefighters late Thursday to use as a command center.

However there were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries. The fires grew to 20,000 acres from 5,000 earlier Thursday.

It was 0 percent contained and the cause was under investigation.

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