Mandatory evacuations ordered due to Woolsey Fire

Large fire threatens Ventura County communities 101 Freeway closed hundreds evacuated

The Hill fire broke out Thursday afternoon forcing evacuations near Camarillo

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.

About 12:30 a.m. Friday, all residents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties north of the Ventura (101) Freeway, south of Bell Canyon Road, west of Valley Circle Boulevard and east of Erbes Road, as well as north of Kanan Road, west of Lindero Canyon to Erbes Road extending north to Sunset Hills Boulevard, were told to evacuate, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

As of Thursday evening, it was burning above Cal State University Channel Islands, in the footprint of the 2013 Springs Fire which burned 24,000 acres.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has issued mandatory evacuation orders south of the 101 freeway to Mulholland Highway.

A wind-driven brush fire that broke out in Ventura County, west of Chatsworth, has prompted authorities to order the evacuation of 75,000 homes in L.A. and Ventura counties.

Seven evacuation centers have been set up in response to the Woolsey Fire, with four reportedly at capacity, according to Ventura County website.

A strike team of five fire engines and a battalion chief was sent at about 4 p.m., said Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jack Crabtree. Thousand Oaks is a 30-minute drive north of Malibu.

The swift-moving Camp Fire, raging about 80 miles north of Sacramento, consumed Paradise, and moved Friday morning into the eastern side of Chico, a city with a population of around 90,000. She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely. Now a brush fire is threatening the surrounding area.

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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.

The Hill Fire is the other fire burning near the site of this week's mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.

The Woolsey Fire is not far from the Hill Fire, which quickly spread to 10,000 acres on Thursday.

Residents took to social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in Newbury Park, which borders Thousands Oaks to the west.

More than 2,000 fire officials among 59 crews were working to contain the fire as of Friday morning.

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

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

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