Five Die Trying to Escape Wildfire That Destroyed Northern California Town

Five Die Trying to Escape Wildfire That Destroyed Northern California Town

Woolsey Fire burns homes is it exceeds 10,000 acres, continues to grow at Los Angeles-Ventura County border

Strong winds blow smoke horizontally over the the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean over the city of Malibu, far distance, in Southern California, seen from the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Friday morning, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

A mandatory evacuation order for the entire city of Malibu has been reinstated as one of Californias major wildfires bears down on the enclave called home by many Hollywood stars.

About 2:30 a.m., all evacuation orders in the city of Los Angeles were changed from mandatory to voluntary, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. That affected all residents north of the Ventura (101) Freeway, south of Bell Canyon Road, west of Valley Circle Boulevard and east of the Los Angeles city limit. Evacuation orders in the Hidden Hills area of Los Angeles County were also downgraded to voluntary. About 1:30 a.m., all residents south of the Ventura Freeway between Westlake Boulevard on the west, Mulholland Highway to the south and Las Virgenes Road to the east were told to leave the area immediately, according to Malibu Search and Rescue. That includes areas of Westlake Village and the unincorporated community of Cornell. About 12:30 a.m., 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. That includes areas of Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Westlake Village, all in L.A. County. 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 statement from the department. The tactical alert was lifted about 7:45 a.m. "If you're in an affected area and have been ordered to evacuate, evacuate," the LAPD statement said. "The wind-whipped conditions… this is ripe conditions for explosive fire behavior," Los Angeles County Fire Captain Erik Scott told NBC4. "This is the new normal. When we have conditions like this, when it's such incredible wind, that brings us in to a different caliber, so it's become a much more challenging condition." A Los Angeles County Fire Department battalion chief told NBC4 the flames could burn "for days."

But it has been extended again to include all of Malibu, a city of about 13,000 stretching along 21 miles (34 kilometers) of coast west of Los Angeles.

By early Friday morning, there were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. Calabasas city officials advised residents not under mandatory evacuation orders to prepare to leave by gathering their IDs, medications, important documents, emergency supplies and a change of clothes. Los Angeles county and city crews were assisting in the firefight, which was taking place as a second, larger brush fire raged further west in Ventura County in the Santa Rosa Valley/Thousand Oaks area. The Orange County Fire Authority sent two strike teams to the assist firefighters battling the Woolsey Fire, Capt. Steve Concialdi said. Thousand Oaks was also the scene of a mass shooting late Wednesday at a nightclub where 11 civilians and a sheriff's sergeant were killed. The gunman also died from what's been reported to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A Northern California university has closed its campus and cancelled weekend events because of a fast-burning wildfire.

Fire has jumped the 101 freeway at Liberty Canyon and is well established on the south side of the freeway.Avoid 101 of commuting, large back-ups behind closure pic.twitter.com/1BbrDUPgSj

The Latest: All Malibu residents again ordered to evacuate

But officials with California State University, Chico posted on Twitter Friday that the campus is not under evacuation and that dining halls and residence halls remain open.

Chico has a population of about 93,000 people and is 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of the town of Paradise, which was destroyed by a fire that killed at least five people.

Paradise is 180 miles (289 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco and drifting smoke from the fire has made the air unhealthy in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Other huge Hollywood names who own homes along the exclusive shore is Robert Redford, Robert Downey Jr, Courtney Cox, Barbra Streisand, Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg and Sally Field.

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Van Amber her uncle called report the women were safe and on their way out Friday morning to reunite with relatives in San Francisco Bay Area.

Robert De Niro, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Dr De, Katy Perry, Pamela Anderson and Simon Cowell are also a few of Malibu’s most high profile residents.

She says the women stayed in the home overnight while the fire took over the neighborhood and eventually sought shelter in their car. Early Friday, they drove out of town and made contact with relatives.

Sheriffs officials in Northern California say the five people found dead in vehicles torched by a wildfires flames could not immediately be identified because of the burns they suffered.

The fire broke out on Thursday northwest of Los Angeles, before it started spreading southward and jumping the US 101 freeway early Friday.

Officials say the victims were found in the same area in the town of Paradise, near a main thoroughfare heading out of the town that was consumed by flames.

All of the citys 27,000 residents were ordered to evacuate on Thursday as the wildfire quickly turned into an inferno.

Many residents said traffic jams developed as they left as panicked people fled, some abandoning their cars to try to escape on foot.

The mandatory evacuation order encompasses the entire beachside city of Malibu, where many celebrities live in their lavish homes.

Northern California officials say investigators found five people dead in vehicles that were torched by the flames of a ferocious wildfire.

Eddie Murphy called Malibu home for a while, until Charlize Theron bought his house – although she had since sold it.

The Butte County Sheriffs Office said Friday the victims were found in the same area in the town of Paradise.

A California National Guard official says 100 military police are headed to Northern California to help evacuate people from a wildfire.

Brad also stayed in Malibu when he was married to Angelina Jolie, after which Ellen DeGeneres bought their home.

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Maj. Gen. David Baldwin says other military personnel are studying satellite imagery to assess the scope of the damage and map the fire.

A wildfire comes down from a hilltop Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, near Newbury Park, Calif. The Ventura County Fire Department has ordered evacuation of some communities in the path of the fire, which erupted a few miles from the site of Wednesday nights deadly mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The ferocious fire near the Northern California town of Paradise has grown to nearly 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire raging through the Santa Monica Mountains was headed to the ocean. Malibu has about 13,000 residents and lies along 21 miles (34 kilometers) of coast at the southern foot of the mountain range.

Fire officials say evacuations due to a raging Southern California wildfire are expected to reach about 148,000 and structural losses are expected to be significant.

The so-called Woolsey Fire burning west of Los Angeles has surpassed 15 square miles (39 square kilometers) Friday morning and is continuing to grow.

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Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief Dave Richardson says 45,000 people in Ventura County and 43,000 more in Los Angeles County were ordered to evacuate overnight.

The fire then pushed southward, jumped the wide U.S. 101 freeway before dawn Friday and pushed into the Santa Monica range.

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Richardson estimates another 60,000 people will likely have to evacuate because the fire jumped U.S. 101 early Friday and is pushing toward the coast.

What started the Woolsey & Hill fires? No news report is giving any explanation of how these tragic fires began. Tons of news reporting on ‘the wind’, low humidity and shortage of man power to fight so many areas of fire. Please, someone report what on earth started it. Was a lightening storm involved? Was it a careless person? A camp fire? Blame doesn’t remedy the current conditions, but public information should include the reason for this horrible event. People are losing their homes and I am certain they want to know WHY.

He says the fires pace forced firefighters to focus on life-protection rather than saving structures and he expects that yet-to-be-determined number to be significant.

About 2:30 a.m., mandatory evacuation orders that had been issued in the city of Los Angeles near West Hills and Hidden Hills were changed from mandatory to voluntary, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The orders affected residents north of the 101 Freeway, south of Bell Canyon Road, west of Valley Circle Boulevard and east of the Los Angeles city limit. Evacuation orders in the Hidden Hills area of Los Angeles County were also downgraded to voluntary.

Another fire to the west has burned more than 9 square miles (23 square kilometers) in Ventura County but has slowed since reaching the footprint of a fire stripped away vegetation in 2013.

A California fire official says six major fires are burning around the state, and characterized three of them as critical.

“It’s a mandatory evacuation, what that means is, you don’t have to leave, we want you to leave, Ventura County Fire spokesman Rich Macklan told CBS2 early Friday. But people know they can’t get back in once they do leave. We want people to leave early, when firefighters ask you to, because firefighting equipment needs to come in and do their work. And if you leave early, it helps us tremendously.”

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said Friday firefighters are focused on saving lives and are still rescuing people from fires.

The fire near the Northern California town of Paradise has grown to nearly 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

The fire was burning south of Mulholland Highway. A large swatch of the city of Malibu was under an unprecedented mandatory evacuation order Friday morning. That applied to residents south of the 101 Freeway from the Ventura County line, east to Las Virgenes Road and then south all the way to the Pacific Coast Highway. The area east of Malibu Canyon was under a voluntary evacuation order.

Another fire northwest of Los Angeles has been swept southward toward the ocean by strong Santa Ana winds.

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A New Hampshire woman says she and her brother are frantically trying to get information about their 83-year-old mother, who lives in the California town of Magalia near the devastated town of Paradise.

The Woolsey Fire was zero percent contained as of late Friday morning and had scorched at least 14,000 acres just before noon. Just after 5 a.m., the blaze jumped the southside of the 101 Freeway at Chesebro Road near Calabasas. In response, California Highway Patrol shut down a four-mile stretch of the 101 Freeway from Las Virgenes Road to Kanan Road.

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She says: Were trying to remain hopeful until we get word. We dont know what the outcome will be.

Meanwhile, L.A. County Fire Battalion Chief Trey Espy confirmed 15 to 20 homes were impacted in the area of Kellwood Court and Churchwood Drive in Oak Park, and additional homes were impacted in nearby areas. Espy said firefighters were creating “water curtains” between the homes and would remain on-scene until the threat was contained.

She and her brother posted on Facebook and Twitter Thursday asking if anyone had seen their mother. They tried calling 911 and other numbers. They were told that officials had a list of 300 to 400 welfare checks to do.

SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA) — A fast-spreading brush fire that broke out near Simi Valley Thursday afternoon has jumped to the south side of the 101 Freeway and was threatening Malibu early Friday morning as it tore through Thousand Oaks, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of at least 75,000 homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Finally they got word through Facebook that someone in her neighborhood had picked up a disabled woman but they havent been able to confirm whether its their mom.

“Early this morning, as the fire transitioned through Agoura Hills, the fire jumped the 101 Freeway right around Liberty Canyon, mid-slope, caught wind, and became quickly established at where we were at today,” L.A. County Deputy Fire Chief David Richardson told reporters at a morning news conference.

The director of the California Governors Office of Emergency Services says fires across California have forced 157,000 people from their homes.

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.

The fire near the Northern California town of Paradise has grown to nearly 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

Another fire northwest of Los Angeles has been swept southward toward the ocean by strong Santa Ana winds. Evacuation orders were issued for residents of the beachside community of Malibu

The director of the California Governors Office of Emergency Services says a fire in Northern California has claimed lives.

Some people who escaped a roaring wildfire in northern California spent the night at a church in the nearby city of Chico.

Residents of the town of Paradise told harrowing tales Friday of a slow motion escape from a fire so close they could feel it inside their vehicles as they sat stuck in terrifying gridlock.

Fire surrounded the evacuation route and drivers panicked, some crashing and others abandoning their vehicles to try their luck on foot.

Authorities have issued an unhealthy air quality alert for parts of the San Francisco Bay Area as smoke from a massive wildfire drifts south, polluting the air.

Officials say the thousands of structures in the town of Paradise, 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, were destroyed by the blaze that has charred 110 square miles (285 square kilometers). At least 40,000 people have been displaced.

The air in San Francisco Friday is hazy and the smell of smoke is overwhelming, prompting officials to declare air quality unhealthy.

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

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Malibu officials initially said the order issued early Friday applied to the entire city but have now defined an area that is approximately the western two-thirds of the community.

The fire erupted Thursday northwest of Los Angeles and has been swept southward toward the ocean by strong Santa Ana winds.

A fire official says a Northern California wildfire has put 15,000 homes and 2,000 commercial buildings at imminent danger of burning.

Capt. Koby Johns of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection also said Friday that about 2,000 buildings have already been destroyed. He described those numbers as very elastic.

Johns says heavy winds continue to drive the fire but winds are expected to ease Friday afternoon, which could give firefighters an opportunity to start containing it.

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Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire near the town of Paradise has grown to nearly 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

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

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

Malibu has about 13,000 residents and lies along 21 miles (34 kilometers) of coast at the southern foot of the mountain range.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweets that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: Imminent threat!

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.

Brush fire burning through Ventura County

The Butte County Sheriffs Office says an evacuation ordered was issued Friday for the small communities of Stirling City and Inskip, north of Paradise, where thousands of homes were destroyed.

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Cal Fire Capt. Bill Murphy says winds have calmed down in the valley but that there are shifting, erratic winds with speeds of up to 45 miles per hour (72 kph) along ridge tops.

The blaze that started Thursday morning east of Paradise and decimated the town also spread to the west.

It reached the edge of Chico, a city of 90,000 people Thursday night. Murphy says firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remained in place.

Pepperdine University has canceled classes Friday at its Malibu and Calabasas campuses. The Calabasas campus is also evacuated.

To the west in Ventura County, Moorpark College is closed due to the impacts of fire and Wednesday nights deadly mass shooting in nearby Thousand Oaks.

California Lutheran University had already canceled Friday classes due to the shooting. Cal Lutheran says its Thousand Oaks campus is not under evacuation orders but residential students have been put on standby.

The Los Angeles and Ventura County fire departments say multiple buildings have been destroyed or damage, but exact numbers are not available early Friday.

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The flames are being driven by Southern Californias notorious Santa Ana winds, which blow from the northeast toward the coast.

One fire that broke out near the northeast corner of Los Angeles has roared westward, jumped U.S. 101 in the Calabasas area and is surging up the Santa Monica Mountains.

Evacuations have been ordered on the edges of the Northern California city of Chico, which is about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from a town where thousands of buildings were destroyed by a fast-moving wildfire.

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Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says flames from the blaze that devastated the town of Paradise had reached the eastern side of Chico, a city of about 90,000 people.

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Authorities have said that at least two firefighters and multiple residents were injured in Paradise. McLean said Friday morning that he had no immediate update on injuries.

A fast-moving wildfire that ravaged a Northern California town Thursday sent residents racing to escape on roads that turned into tunnels of fire as thick smoke darkened the daytime sky.

Harrowing tales of escape and heroic rescues emerged from Paradise, where the entire community of 27,000 was ordered to evacuate. Witnesses reported seeing homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement home up in flames.

The fire was reported shortly after daybreak in a rural area. By nightfall, it had consumed more than 28 square miles and was raging out of control.


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