MAP: Where the wildfires are burning in SoCal

Glen Norman
November 9, 2018

Another blaze just west of that area, dubbed the Hill Fire, topped 10,000 acres on Thursday.

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.

The Woolsey Fire exploded to 14,000 acres overnight, driven by 50- to 60-mph winds that helped propel the flames southward across the 101 Freeway in the Liberty Canyon area early Friday.

Several evacuation sites were giving protective masks for residents, Ventura County Emergency Services said, although there were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries.


The fire overnight jumped the 101 Freeway in the western end of Los Angeles County, forcing a shutdown of the major artery after drivers in some cases were forced to make U-turns and drive the opposite direction to avoid flames. Finally, some flights began at 5:30 a.m.as the wind died down but within 30 minutes, the wind was picking up again as dawn neared and was expected to be strong until 10 p.m. Friday. In Northern California, a blaze visible by satellite consumed the town of Paradise on Thursday and had burned almost 110 square miles by Friday morning.

Another fire was burning farther west in Ventura County, also moving toward the ocean.

Malibu itself - a city of about 12,000 people and known for beachside homes owned by celebrities and millionaires - was put under an evacuation order Friday morning.

Fast-moving wildfires on Friday morning led to the evacuation of 75,000 homes as the Woolsey Fire hit parts of Thousand Oaks in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles.


The L.A. Times reported that a total of 75,000 homes in both Ventura and Los Angeles counties are now under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders, including Westlake Village and parts of Calabasas, where numerous entertainers including Alyssa Milano and Kim Kardashian have lavish homes.

The blaze burned an estimated 14,000 acres as of 11 a.m. and prompted mass evacuations of more than 75,000 homes in Ventura and LA counties. It's near Hill Canyon Road and Santa Rosa Road in the Santa Rosa Valley.

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

For the latest updates, visit the Ventura County Fire Department, Public Information Officer Twitter here. The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!" It's already burned dozens of homes and threatens 30,000 more. The Santa Anas are strong, dry winds that high-pressure systems push from east to west, from the mountains and desert areas down into the Los Angeles area.


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