The upscale California town of Malibu has been ordered to evacuate after a raging wildfire jumped the 101 freeway at approximately 5 a.m. and barreled towards the seaside community amid high winds.
MANDATORY evacuation is in effect for the entire area south of the 101 Fwy from the Ventura County line to Las Virgenes / Malibu Canyon, and southward to the ocean, including all of City of Malibu. (Update 6:55 AM) Residents should use PCH to evacuate and avoid canyon roads. -Malibucity.org
Fire has jumped the 101 freeway at Liberty Canyon and is well established on the south side of the freeway.Avoid 101 of commuting, large back-ups behind closure pic.twitter.com/1BbrDUPgSj
— VCFD PIO (@VCFD_PIO) November 9, 2018
WOW: THIS is the 101 Freeway on Friday morning during rush hour with smoke from the coming fire(s) pushed by the high winds.
MALIBU: all of it is under Mandatory evacuation. #woolseyfire#fire#FridayFeeIingpic.twitter.com/h8rjZ0B6wA
— Tony Potts (@TonyPotts1) November 9, 2018
— Christina Cindrich (@MissCindrich) November 9, 2018
75,000 homes in LA and Ventura counties were ordered to evacuate as a second fire broke out Thursday afternoon, destroying an unknown number of structures. The Woolsey Fire was zero percent contained as of 6 a.m. Friday after destroying at least 8,000 acres.
Intense winds fueled the #WoolseyFire overnight. Information regarding the fire, which started in Ventura County, can be found at: https://t.co/bHvQyeV2kG – Interactive Map for LA City: https://t.co/6zF8tupXK2pic.twitter.com/reXJ7PFtDG
— Erik Scott (@PIOErikScott) November 9, 2018
CBS2 reporter Tom Wait described conditions on the ground as “apocalyptic,” as ember and ash rained down on the streets below.
A large swatch of Malibu was under a new mandatory evacuation Friday morning: from Liberty Canyon, west to Decker Canyon, south to the Pacific Coast Highway.
Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Scott Dettorre told CBS2 that “dozens of homes” had been damaged or destroyed, but there was no exact count. –CBS Los Angeles
“The fire has progressed down into the city of Thousand Oaks,” said Dettorre.
Horrific conditions for the firefight will only worsen as the sun comes up. Dangerously strong wind gusts near 60 mph and bone dry conditions. We’re on #CBSLA and #KCAL9 with everything you need to know @CBSLAPeter@suzmarques@StephatCBS2pic.twitter.com/oEYe8Vw8Um
— Danielle Gersh (@DanielleGersh) November 9, 2018
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“It’s a mandatory evacuation, what that means is, you don’t have to leave, we want you to leave,” said Ventura County Fire spokesman Rich Macklan. “But people know they can’t get back in once they do leave. We want people to leave early, when firefighters ask you to, because firefighting equipment needs to come in and do their work. And if you leave early, it helps us tremendously.”
LOOK: The intensifying #WoolseyFire, northwest of Los Angeles, quadrupled in size in just hours, already burning dozens of homes and threatening 30,000 more; bone dry conditions and erratic winds are rapidly fanning the flames https://t.co/kQETfK3PPupic.twitter.com/BdSiwUiCzZ
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) November 9, 2018
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