Fire Breaks Out In Ventura County Near Thousand Oaks

Long Beach Fire Department strike team sent to battle Hill Fire in Ventura • Long Beach Post

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.

Thousands of people are now being evacuated in Ventura County due to the Woolsey fire that's raging in California.

Also in Ventura County, a brush fire broke out about 2 p.m. Thursday and grew to 6,000 acres by Friday morning.

The fire had jumped Highway 101 in several places, including Calabasas and Agoura Hills, as it barrelled south towards coastal Malibu.

At least 30 homes have been destroyed.

Flames from Camp Fire were being powered by 35-mile-per hour winds, fire officials said as the blaze earlier ripped through Paradise, about 20 miles east of Chico.

About 1,000 structures have been reportedly destroyed, a lot of them in Paradise, a town of about 26,000 people that has been virtually wiped out by the exploding blaze, reports and photos show.

Seven evacuation centers have been set up in response to the Woolsey Fire, with four reportedly at capacity, according to Ventura County website. The threat continues Friday morning, with millions of Californians under "red flag" warningsportending windy, arid and warm conditions that pose extreme fire risks.

Borchard Community Center, Rancho Santa Susana Recreation Center, Camarillo Community Center, Thousand Oaks Teen Center, and Goebel Adult Community Center are open in Ventura County.

Voluntary evacuations have been added in Ventura County for Lake Sherwood and the area south of Hwy 101 and north of Potrero Road between Westlake Boulevard and Wendy Drive in Thousand Oaks. She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.

More than 400 firefighters from Ventura County, Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles and Cal Fire were battling the brush fire.

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.

Thirty-thousand people have been evacuated so far and the number of evacuees is expected to rise as embers push ahead of the fire.

Residents posted on social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in the Newbury Park area of western Thousand Oaks.

Fire officials have issued evacuation orders for homes in areas of Chico, Calif., which has a population of roughly 93,000 people.

The latest numbers estimate the Hill fire has burned over 10,000 acres.

Wind gusts of up to 77 miles per hour were reported in Los Angeles County on Friday morning.

Wildfires raging west of Los Angeles have forced school closures.

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