Fire Breaks Out In Ventura County Near Thousand Oaks

Leroy Wright
November 9, 2018

The Hill Fire ignited around 2 p.m. local time in the area of Hill Canyon in Santa Rosa, according to Ventura County Fire Department officials.

The Ventura County fire department said Friday that 75,000 homes were ordered evacuated in the two adjoining counties west of Los Angeles.

Massive wildfires are tearing through parts of California, destroying hundreds buildings and forcing thousands of people from their homes.

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.

Friday morning, fire officials reported that the fire had jumped Highway 101 near the city of Calabasas.

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

Sparking about 6:30 a.m. Thursday near Pulga Road in Butte County, the Camp Fire was reported at 70,000 acres with 5 percent containment as of Cal Fire's 8:35 a.m. Friday incident report. "I pray everyone is safe", she wrote. Now a brush fire is threatening the surrounding area.

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Meanwhile officials in northern California say a wildfire that devastated a town of 27,000 is moving north and have ordered people in two Sierra Nevada foothill communities to leave their homes.

Hidden Hills resident Adrienne Janic gave her home over to firefighters late Thursday to use as a command center.

Just 12 minutes after it started Thursday afternoon, the flames spread across United States 101, leaving several drivers temporarily stranded.

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.

The Woolsey Fire, broke out on Thursday, not too far from the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people enjoying country line dancing at college night before killing himself. The fire got started north of the 101 freeway in Simi Valley where it burned a number of homes last night.

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

The Los Angeles Police Department was placed on a citywide tactical alert about 12:45 a.m.to ensure all resources are available to assist with any evacuation orders and road closures prompted by the Woolsey Fire, according to a department statement. A second round of Santa Ana winds is forecast to whip the area Sunday through Tuesday, though it may be weaker than Friday's.

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