Wildfire deaths confirmed in Butte County as Newsom declares emergency for Ventura

Tonya Becker
November 10, 2018

Kim Kardashian, Alyssa Milano and Melissa Etheridge were among thousands fleeing from their homes in and around Malibu on Friday, as a fast-moving wildfire forced evacuations from the celebrity-packed area.

The Camarillo-area fire, dubbed the Hill Fire, was fed by 25- to 30-mph winds that pushed flames across Highway 101 and toward Pacific Coast Highway, Ventura County Firespokesman Mike Lindbery said Thursday night.

The fire had crossed U.S. 101 a few miles east of Thousand Oaks - the site of Wednesday night's bar shooting massacre - and was headed south to the Pacific coast, in the direction of Malibu Creek State Park and Malibu city, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Unfortunately, Scott Derrickson, best known for directing Doctor Strange, announced on Twitter early this morning that his home has been lost in the fire. All totaled, 40,000 people have been evacuated from the path of the wildfire so far. By 9 a.m. Friday, CalFire said it had burned 6,000 acres.

The fire also injured three firefighters but the total casualty picture was not yet clear.

The KUWTK alum's Malibu hills mansion has completely burned to the ground after being destroyed in Southern California's raging wildfires.

The fire is being driven west by 35 miles per hour (56 kmh) winds, fire officials said. Cal Lutheran says its Thousand Oaks campus is not under evacuation orders but residential students have been put on standby.

"Fire is now burning out of control and heading into populated areas of Malibu", the city advised residents at 12:27 p.m.

"Imminent threat!" the department said in its warning. He said he thought he could save her house, but they would only watch helplessly as their home burned.

The Woolsey Fire appeared to be the more unsafe of the two blazes, and was burning south through the Kanan Road corridor toward Malibu and the ocean.

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

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.

"Evacuated last night. Bleak House an the collection may be endangered but the gift of life remains".

No injuries have been reported in either fire. Her deck provided a strong vantage point to monitor the spread of the fire. "Please send your prayers to the people of Thousand Oaks and the victims of the shooting that are now having to evacuate their homes and neighborhoods", he tweeted.

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

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.

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