Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Woolsey Fire burns 8,000 acres; 75K homes under evacuation orders

Woolsey Fire burns 8,000 acres; 75K homes under evacuation orders

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.

Ventura County Fire Department Captain Scott Dettorre warned that as the fire crosses the famous highway 101, "it will make its historic and typical run all the way down Pacific Coast Highway, threatening more homes, more property, more lives", KTLA-TV reports.

No injuries have been reported in either fire.

Homeowners fleeing the wind-driven blaze jammed roadways as the fire crept closer to a community that is home to such movie and TV stars as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Ellen DeGeneres and Angelina Jolie. That affects all residents north of the Ventura 101 Freeway, south of Bell Canyon Road, west of Valley Circle Boulevard and east of the Los Angeles city limit.

Friday morning the fire was burning to the outer edges of Chico, a city of 93,000 people about a 90-mile drive north of Sacramento. 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.

Earlier, the fire devastated the town of Paradise in the Sierra foothills, home to 26,000 people. "It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us". On Instagram she urged people to "pray for Calabasas".

"I hope people got out".

The Ventura County Fire Department reports structures, outbuildings, and vehicles have been damaged and destroyed.

The Woolsey Fire triggered a mandatory evacuation order for the entire beachside city of Malibu.

Rescuers used a bulldozer to push abandoned cars out of the way in order to reach a hospital and evacuate patients as the fire engulfed the building, Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter said.

The blaze has spread rapidly overnight, fanned by strong winds, and has jumped Highway 101, a major route west of Los Angeles.

A wind-driven brush fire that broke out in Ventura County, west of Chatsworth, has prompted authorities to order the evacuation of 75,000 homes in L.A. and Ventura counties. Last night it covered just 2,000 acres. At one point, the unrelenting flames burned about 2,000 acres per hour taking down everything - big box stores, homes, and businesses - in its path. The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!" She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.

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