Saturday, 15 December, 2018


'Doctor Strange' Director Loses Home in Woolsey Fire

A screenshot showing helicopter footage of the Hill Fire on Thursday Nov. 8 2018 A screenshot showing helicopter footage of the Hill Fire on Thursday Nov. 8 2018
Hannah Rogers | 09 November, 2018, 23:46

Strong blustery winds combined with dry conditions have helped the blaze spread, after weeks without rain and low humidity at the height of the wildfire season in north California.

At around 7am local time Friday, officials issued a mandatory evacuation order for the entire city of Malibu, home to 13,000 people, as the fire was declared an "imminent threat".

One of the fires broke out Thursday north-west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the USA 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains.

By Friday morning the Hill Fire had scorched over 6,100 acres and was threatening a reported 400 structures.

As of Friday morning, evacuation centers were set up at Thousand Oaks High School, at 2323 North Moorpark Road; the Borchard Community Center at 190 Reino Road in Newbury Park; and Camarillo Community Center at 1605 Burnley St. 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.

"It was insane, because when we were sitting in traffic people were panicking", she said.

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. The fast-moving Woolsey Fire had burned more than 14,000 acres Friday. Last night it covered just 2,000 acres. She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.

In a statement, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said: "The preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were located in vehicles that were overcome by the Camp Fire".

In Southern California, strong Santa Ana winds were fanning two fires, including the Woolsey Fire, which by Friday morning had burned across U.S. 101 and was heading in the direction of Malibu.

Here's another escape video, driving through a burning neighborhood.

The Woolsey Fire is not far from the Hill Fire, which quickly spread to 10,000 acres on Thursday.

Friday morning, fire officials reported that the fire had jumped Highway 101 near the city of Calabasas.

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.

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. While there have been injuries from the fire, there's no official tally of how many civilians and firefighters were hurt or possibly killed.

Fire crews Thursday morning were dealing with 40 miles per hour wind gusts. It's near Hill Canyon Road and Santa Rosa Road in the Santa Rosa Valley. A second round of Santa Ana winds is forecast to whip the area Sunday through Tuesday, though it may be weaker than Friday's.

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