Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

'Doctor Strange' Director Loses Home in Woolsey Fire

'Doctor Strange' Director Loses Home in Woolsey Fire

Mass evacuations were ordered in California last night as wildfires spread quickly, fanned by powerful winds.

As of around 11:30 a.m. Friday, about 56,000 people were without power in and around the areas affected by the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

On Thursday at 2:25 p.m., a second brush fire ignited in the area of Rocketdyne, south of the City of Simi Valley, called the Woolsey Fire.

The 20,000 acre (8,100 hectare) Camp Fire, which started on Thursday near Camp Creek, is being driven west by 35 miles per hour (56 kmh) winds, fire officials said.

As of Friday morning, evacuation centers were set up at Thousand Oaks High School, at 2323 North Moorpark Road; the Borchard Community Center at 190 Reino Road in Newbury Park; and Camarillo Community Center at 1605 Burnley St.

"We are still reeling, but we are also very resilient", she said.

Just before 3 a.m. Friday, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said the fire had burned about 8,000 acres and was at 0 percent containment.

The Woolsey fire was one of three ravaging the state, with the northern California town of Paradise in Butte County largely destroyed overnight.

"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.

"There are 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", she said. "I pray everyone is safe", she wrote.

A wildfire that moved so fast that firefighters couldn't hope to stop it quadrupled in size Friday after destroying several thousand buildings and leveling much of a Northern California town of almost 30,000 people, authorities said.

In a statement, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said: "The preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were located in vehicles that were overcome by the Camp Fire".

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Calabasas home as well as Caitlyn Jenner's in Malibu have both been hit by the devastating wildfires overtaking Southern California, it has been reported.

Scott Maclean, the state's forestry and fire protection spokesman, said a number of civilians and firefighters had been injured in the fire north of Sacramento but it would be days before the authorities knew whether anyone had died.

Howling Santa Ana winds were driving the Woolsey and Hill fires.

"We were surrounded by fire, we were driving through fire on each side of the road", said police officer Mark Bass, who lives in Paradise and works in neighboring Chico.

Winds were expected to weaken Friday afternoon into Saturday.

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