Wildfire triggers evacuation order for Malibu

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.

The fire was driven by heavy winds last night.

Unfortunately, Scott Derrickson, best known for directing Doctor Strange, announced on Twitter early this morning that his home has been lost in the fire.

No injuries have been reported in either fire. Television reports showed several homes on fire in the Oak Park community.

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

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.

Santa Barbara area firefighters are helping to fight two large brush fires burning in Ventura County that sparked on Thursday.

"We're talking devastated", McLean said.




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.

The Los Angeles Police Department was placed on a citywide tactical alert early Friday 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.

Rescuers used a bulldozer to push abandoned cars out of the way in order to reach a hospital and evacuate patients as the fire engulfed the building, Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter said.

Multiple fires were reported at more than 10,000 acres with high rate of spread and mandatory evacuation orders in place as of 8 a.m. Friday, according to Cal Fire.

Schools and universities cancelled classes with some already closed after a gunman shot dead 12 people in nearby Thousand Oaks.

Ventura County Fire Department tweeted that intense winds fueled the fire overnight, leading it to jump 101.

Voluntary evacuations have been added in Ventura County for Lake Sherwood and the area south of Hwy 101 and north of Potrero Road between Westlake Boulevard and Wendy Drive in Thousand Oaks.

"While a lot of my yard and neighbors' yards burned, the firefighters saved our homes", Janic tweeted just after 2 a.m. (5 a.m. ET) Friday. The highway is expected to remain closed Friday morning, Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said.

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