City Of Malibu Under Mandatory Evacuation Order As SoCal Fires Grow Overnight

Ventura County Fire

Ventura County Fire

"We were surrounded by fire, we were driving through fire on each side of the road", said police officer Mark Bass, who lives in Paradise and works in neighboring Chico. Approximately 75,000 homes are under evacuation orders along the Ventura-Los Angeles border.

"The town is devastated, everything is destroyed".

Firefighters from Ventura and Los Angeles counties also continue to battle the Woolsey Fire under a unified command as it burns toward the coast.

It reached the edge of Chico, a city of 90,000 people Thursday night.

The fire has burned about 10,000 acres, according to officials, and at least 75,000 residents in both counties have been evacuated.

The two blazes are among 16 now active fires in California.

CBS2's Kandiss Crone described the sight, saying, "The little bunnies there, quite a few of them, we've seen trying to escape the flames and get out, get to safety because their home, their habitat is on fire". Voluntary evacuations have been added in Ventura County for Lake Sherwood and the area south of Highway 101 and north of Potrero Rd. between Westlake Blvd. and Wendy Dr.in Thousand Oaks.

Fanned by high winds and fueled by low humidity and dry vegetation, the fires spread rapidly Thursday and overnight into Friday. In Northern California, a blaze visible by satellite consumed the town of Paradise on Thursday and had burned almost 110 square miles by Friday morning. Murphy says firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remained in place.

Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean said a couple of thousand structures were destroyed in the town about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco. Officials have put most of Northern California under a Red Flag Warning, which means "extreme fire behaviour" can occur within 24 hours.

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

On Thursday at 2:25 p.m., a second brush fire ignited in the area of Rocketdyne, south of the City of Simi Valley, called the Woolsey Fire.

Near Oak Park, the town of Thousand Oaks - still reeling from a mass shooting on Wednesday night - has also been threatened by the encroaching blaze. By Thursday evening, it had scorched up to 7,000 acres and sent residents of more than 1,200 homes fleeing, the Los Angeles Times reports. At one point, the unrelenting flames burned about 2,000 acres per hour taking down everything - big box stores, homes, and businesses - in its path.

Several evacuation sites were giving protective masks for residents, Ventura County Emergency Services said, although there were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries. It's already burned dozens of homes and threatens 30,000 more. "I pray everyone is safe", she wrote.

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