Malibu Under Evacuation Orders as Massive Fire Rages

10 November, 2018, 15:11 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • The Woolsey Fire is seen looking towards the west valley area on Nov. 9 2018 in Porter Ranch

The Camp Fire has killed at least five people and destroyed hundreds of homes.

"Fire is now burning out of control and heading into populated areas of Malibu", the city said in a statement online.

That was all before the Camp Fire escalated rapidly Thursday, changing the lives of not just the football team at Paradise, but the entire community forever.

Where is the Woolsey Fire?

"Please, please, please if you are asked to voluntarily leave the area, please do", Ventura County fire Capt. Scott Dettore told CNN affiliate KTLA on Friday morning.

At midday on Friday local time, it covered about 5665 hectares.

The fire crossed U.S. 101 a few miles east of Thousand Oaks - the site of Wednesday night's bar shooting - 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.

Residents have now been ordered to evacuate from several more towns to the west of Thousand Oaks, including Calabasas immediately south of Highway 101 and Malibu on the coast, as well as from the western edge of Los Angeles.

She also can't stop thinking about whether all the people on the highway with her escaped.

In Hidden Hills, just north of Calabasas, Adrienne Janic gave her home over to firefighters late Thursday to use as a command center.

"I feel very vulnerable posting this, but I feel I should", she wrote in the post. Her father, a lineman for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, was called in from another district to help shut down power, she said.

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The Camp Fire in Northern California exploded in size Thursday, burning about 20,000 acres and overtaking the town of Paradise, where around 30,000 people were forced to evacuate at the last minute. Friday, part of it was burning into the footprint of a 2013 wildfire, which could slow its spread, Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said.

Evacuations were ordered for the east side of Chico, a city of about 93,000 people, as flames from the blaze were being driven by 56-kilometer-per-hour winds. Wildfires also erupted in Southern California, prompting an evacuation order in Malibu.

Residents described fleeing their homes and then getting stuck on gridlocked roads as flames approached, sparking explosions and toppling utility poles.

Butte County supervisor Doug Teeter said authorities used a bulldozer to push abandoned cars out the way to reach Feather River Hospital and evacuate patients as flames engulfed its old wing and the roof of the emergency department.

Bass evacuated his family from Paradise and returned to the fire to help rescue several disabled residents, including a man trying to carry his bedridden wife to safety.

The hospital was later destroyed, Mike Mangas, a spokesman for operator Dignity Health, told Action News Now. Three more were found outside a residence, and one inside a house.

Unfortunately it's also one that has become all too familiar to Californians in recent years.

Ellen VandenBerg didn't know if she was going to make it out of Paradise, Calif., alive with her five-month-old son on Thursday as she fled a wildfire.

The director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services says another fire in northern California has claimed lives.

The region has grappled with serious wildfires in recent years, including the worst in the state's history - the Mendocino fire in 2018.

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