Southern California Wildfires Force Mass Emergency Evacuations

Long Beach Fire Department strike team sent to battle Hill Fire in Ventura • Long Beach Post

Long Beach Fire Department strike team sent to battle Hill Fire in Ventura • Long Beach Post

- Crews were battling multiple wind-driven brush fires on Friday, leaving several structures damaged, forcing thousand of homes to evacuate and closing some area schools and roadways. The highway is expected to remain closed Friday morning, Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said.

The fire broke out near Thousand Oaks, an area about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles where an attacker killed 12 people on Wednesday, prompting the evacuation of 75,000 homes. Per USA Today, the three fires stretched a combined area of 33,000 acres as of Friday. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) A wildfire burns a home near Malibu Lake in Malibu, Calif., Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. The site also reported that the fire was burning on the property of Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West. Kardashian West later tweeted that the flames had died down, and expressed gratitude to firefighters.

The KUWTK alum's Malibu hills mansion has completely burned to the ground after being destroyed in Southern California's raging wildfires.

"I pray you're all ok", one Twitter user commented.

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

Evacuation center locations, road closure and school closure information for the fires can be found on the Ventura County emergency page here and through the county hotline at 805.465.6650.

"There's nothing much left standing", said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott Maclean.

Malibu and the surrounding areas have been hit by many devastating wildfires over the years.

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"Evacuated last night. Bleak House and the collection may be endangered but the gift of life remains", del Toro, director of Oscar best picture victor "The Shape of Water", tweeted on Friday.

The Woolsey Fire appeared to be the more risky of the two blazes, and was burning south through the Kanan Road corridor toward Malibu and the ocean.

By 1 a.m. (4 a.m. ET), more firefighters arrived as the flames closed in on Janic's street. Pepperdine University in Malibu also canceled classes.

"Evacuated last night. Bleak House an the collection may be endangered but the gift of life remains". Encroaching flames, despite the near-constant threat of fire in the bone-dry state, presented an entirely different hazard.

Pimlott said six major fires are now burning in California, with three (Camp, Woolsey and Hill) designated "critical".

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

United States media reports that schools have also been closed and evacuated due to the fire, and animals have been moved out of the LA Zoo in Griffith Park.

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