Malibu residents ordered out as California wildfire nears

Large fire threatens Ventura County communities 101 Freeway closed hundreds evacuated

Almost 500 miles to the south, a second blaze forced the evacuation of the upscale oceanside city of Malibu and threatened the beleaguered town of Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people this week in a rampage in a bar and dance hall.

A fast-spreading wildfire in Ventura County jumped Highway 101 and presented "imminent threat" to the beachfront city of Malibu, Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted 7 a.m. Friday.

The Camarillo-area fire, dubbed the Hill Fire, was fed by 25- to 30-mph winds that pushed flames across Highway 101 and toward Pacific Coast Highway, Ventura County Firespokesman Mike Lindbery said Thursday night.

Celebrities including Kim Kardashian West, Rainn Wilson and Melissa Etheridge are among the thousands forced to flee their homes as fires continue to threaten Malibu, Calabasas, and Thousand Oaks.

FOX 11 reporter Gina Silva stood by with residents as the fire moved in on their Westlake Village homes.

"The western portion of Malibu-from Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon in the east to the Ventura County Line in the west and all the way down to the ocean was under a mandatory evacuation notice on Friday, Nov. 9, due to the Woolsey Fire", reported the Malibu Times.

Sources told TMZ the home burned down as the Woolsey Fire raged through the area.

The full extent of the destruction is still unknown, but authorities believe up to 1,000 buildings have been destroyed - most of those in Paradise, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman said.

The fire was driven by heavy winds last night. She's been in the home since 2015.

Raging wildfires across California have forced 157,000 people from their homes, and have led to at least one death in the north of the state, officials say.

Caitlyn Jenner's Malibu house has reportedly burned down in the Woolsey Fire.

Santa Barbara County fire agencies sent strike teams to help fight the Ventura County fires and local law enforcement agencies sent personnel south to help evacuate residents and staff road closures, sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said Friday.

Only a day after it began, the fire near the town of Paradise had grown to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

An 10,000 acre plus brush fire known as the Hill Fire is burning out of control on the Conejo Grade, north of Newbury Park.

A perimeter map shows the boundaries of the Hill Fire burning Friday in Ventura County.

Residents posted on social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in the Newbury Park area of western Thousand Oaks.

Winds were expected to weaken Friday afternoon into Saturday.



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