Woolsey Fire: California blaze advances on Malibu

Large fire threatens Ventura County communities 101 Freeway closed hundreds evacuated

A raging Southern California wildfire has triggered a mandatory evacuation order for the entire beachside city of Malibu.

Almost 2,300 fire personnel are battling the blaze.

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.

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. 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.

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

The fire had crossed USA 101 a few miles east of Thousand Oaks - the site of Wednesday night's bar shooting massacre - and was headed south to the Pacific coast, in the direction of Malibu Creek State Park, the city of Malibu and Pepperdine University, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. "The south side as well as the north side has been hit very hard as well". "It was chaos. I couldn't believe what people were doing". "Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation", he said.

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The Adventist Health Feather River hospital in town caught fire, as firefighters battled the flames, Lillis wrote. Morgan Mason said her father told her that he could hear propane tanks blowing up all over Paradise this morning.

Firefighters are challenged by residents moving about evacuation areas and high traffic as they follow the fire front.

The fire was burning toward Hidden Hills and because of the threat mandatory evacuations were issued north of the Ventura (101) Freeway from Valley Circle Boulevard to Lindero Canyon Road.

The Santa Anas are strong, dry winds that high-pressure systems push from east to west, from the mountains and desert areas down into the Los Angeles area.

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. She had been filming aerial shots in her private plane earlier for her Instagram Stories and realized her own home was threatened.

At least 75,000 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles counties are under evacuation orders, and some structures have already been destroyed, officials said. "Just landed back home and had one hour to pack up and evacuate our home. I pray everyone is safe", she wrote.

While there have been injuries from the fire, there's no official tally of how many civilians and firefighters were hurt or possibly killed.

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