Five dead in California wildfire as second blaze forces Malibu evacuation

A screenshot showing helicopter footage of the Hill Fire on Thursday Nov. 8 2018

Voluntary evacuations of 75,000 homes had already been called for because of the Woolsey fire that affected parts of Thousand Oaks, the site of a shooting massacre this week.

Just 12 minutes after the Hill Fire started Thursday afternoon, the flames spread across the 101 Freeway, leaving several drivers temporarily stranded.

The fire broke out Thursday northwest of Los Angeles and roared southward, jumping the USA 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains.

USA media reports that schools have also been closed and evacuated due to the fire, and animals have been moved out of the LA Zoo in Griffith Park.

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

We hope she had insurance on the Malibu spot though.

Multiple injuries have been reported by both civilians and firefighters, Cal Fire spokesman John Gaddie said.

The city of Malibu has reduced the scope a mandatory evacuation order for the beachside community as a wildfire approaches.

Fire crews were especially concerned with Highway 101 in the Agoura area Friday morning, where flames began jumping from the north side to the south side of the freeway about 5:30 a.m., KTLA reported. She had been filming aerial shots in her private plane earlier for her Instagram Stories and realized her own home was threatened. The highway is expected to remain closed Friday morning, Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said.

Caitlyn Jenner's home in the Malibu hills has burned down, TMZ reports. The Hill Fire is over 10,000 acres and the Woolsey Fire is 2,000 acres.

In the San Francisco Bay area, some 180 miles away from Paradise, locals have been encouraged to stay indoors due to worsening air quality caused by smoke from the fire.

That fire has devastated the town of Paradise, where officials say almost every structure has been razed by out-of-control flames and five people were found dead in burned out vehicles early Friday afternoon.

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

Fire crews Thursday morning were dealing with 40 miles per hour wind gusts.

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.