Fire Breaks Out In Ventura County Near Thousand Oaks

Larry Hoffman
November 9, 2018

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.

Firefighters are challenged by residents moving about evacuation areas and high traffic as they follow the fire front. There are Red Flag warnings in effect for parts of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

A separate fire, the Camp Fire, is burning in northern Califonia and has already destroyed several thousand structures. Early Friday morning, CalFire said it had burned 10,000 acres, or about 15 square miles. Fire officials said it could take days to figure out how many people died.

Homeowners fleeing the wind-driven blaze jammed roadways as the fire crept closer to a community that is home to such movie and TV stars as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Ellen DeGeneres and Angelina Jolie.

Evacuation notices were announced for Chico, which is home to around 93,000 people and is about 90 miles north of Sacramento. 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.

The Camp Fire in Northern California exploded in size Thursday, burning about 20,000 acres and overtaking the town of Paradise, where around 30,000 people were forced to evacuate at the last minute.

As a result of the fire jumping the freeway, the City of Malibu was placed under mandatory evacuation orders, an emergency alert stated.

- A wind-driven brush fire in Ventura County quadrupled overnight, scorching 8,000 acres by Friday morning and was zero percent contained, firefighters said.

"The fires broke out less than 24 hours after a mass murder at a popular Thousand Oaks restaurant/bar, where the suspect killed 12 people including a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Ron Helus, before killing himself", Hoover said in a statement.

The Hill Fire, which was reported in the Hill Canyon area of Santa Rosa Valley at about 2 p.m. Thursday, quickly charred thousands of acres and jumped Highway 101, which was closed in the area overnight, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

Both fires started in Ventura County but the Woolsey Fire crossed into Los Angeles County near the 101.

Responders are still assessing how many structures were lost, but the priority Friday was life safety and making sure people get evacauted from threatened areas, he said.

Wind gusts of up to 77 miles per hour were reported in Los Angeles County on Friday morning. She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.

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