Monday, 10 December, 2018

California fires: Malibu residents ordered to evacuate

A Santa Barbara County fire truck doing structure protection at the Hill Fire in Camarillo Long Beach Fire Department strike team sent to battle Hill Fire in Ventura • Long Beach Post
Jeannette Daniel | 09 November, 2018, 19:50

On Thursday, as flames engulfed Paradise, frantic residents racing to safety plunged into the thick smoke that darkened the daytime sky and made driving hard.

Another blaze in northern California has destroyed one town and is threatening another, officials say. Officials have put most of Northern California under a Red Flag Warning, which means "extreme fire behaviour" can occur within 24 hours.

Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean said a couple of thousand structures were destroyed in the town about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

The Woolsey Fire was zero percent contained as of 4 a.m. Friday after scorching 8,000 acres and destroying at least 30 homes in the two counties, fire officials said. He evacuated his family and then returned to the fire to help rescue several disabled residents, including a man trying to carry his bedridden wife to safety.

Cars and trucks, some with trailers attached, were left on the roadside as evacuees ran for their lives, said Bass.

"They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours", he added.

"If you're in an affected area and have been ordered to evacuate, evacuate", the statement said.

More news: Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire

"We never heard from them again", Lee said. They used the Walgreens up in Paradise as a temporary refuge area and why we do that is to get civilians or people that are out in the elements, meaning the fire and the smoke, we try to get them into an area that is safe and away from the fire and smoke until that fire front pushes through - we did have fire personnel with them, so once they deem it safe we were able get them out of there, " he explained. Multiple fires were reported at more than 10,000 acres with high rate of spread and mandatory evacuation orders in place as of 8 a.m. Friday, according to Cal Fire.

Almost 2,300 fire personnel are battling the blaze.

Farther south in the Los Angeles region, the Woolsey and Hill Fires were whipped up Thursday evening by powerful winds that pushed them through canyons and to the edge of Camarillo Springs and Cal State Channel Islands, both of which were evacuated, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Also in Ventura County, a brush fire broke out about 2 p.m. Thursday and grew to 6,000 acres by Friday morning. That affects all residents north of the Ventura 101 Freeway, south of Bell Canyon Road, west of Valley Circle Boulevard and east of the Los Angeles city limit.

About 12:30 a.m. Friday, all residents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties north of the Ventura (101) Freeway, south of Bell Canyon Road, west of Valley Circle Boulevard and east of Erbes Road, as well as north of Kanan Road, west of Lindero Canyon to Erbes Road extending north to Sunset Hills Boulevard, were told to evacuate, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

Containment figures on the other two fires were not immediately available.

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