Malibu evacuated as California Woolsey wildfire rages across beachside community

Malibu evacuated as California Woolsey wildfire rages across beachside community

Nov 9, 2018 – California officials ordered an evacuation of the city of Malibu, an enclave for the area’s rich and famous, and told drivers to avoid a major freeway as a wildfire spread north of Los Angeles.

Three wind-whipped wildfires burned in California on Friday morning, including one that spurred the evacuation of 75,000 homes near a city that was still reeling from a mass shooting.




 

Malibu evacuated as California Woolsey wildfire rages across beachside community

The so-called Woolsey Fire has already destroyed several homes and threatens more in some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the U.S. The 101 freeway, a major artery for commuters, was ordered closed in both directions at Liberty Canyon.

Malibu evacuated as California Woolsey wildfire rages across beachside community

Authorities have created evacuation centers in Camarillo and Thousand Oaks, the site of a mass shooting earlier this week. Residents with large animals were being asked to take them to Zuma Beach. About 75,000 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles counties were under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Malibu evacuated as California Woolsey wildfire rages across beachside community

The fire has consumed 8,000 acres and isn’t yet even partly contained, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Malibu evacuated as California Woolsey wildfire rages across beachside community

Malibu evacuated as California Woolsey wildfire rages across beachside community

Firefighters spent the night and morning battling the fire by air and on the ground, in some cases preventing it from sweeping through neighborhoods. But fire officials say at least 20 homes did burn and perhaps more.

There have been no fatalities or severe injuries despite several reports of people being trapped by the fire.

Malibu evacuated as California Woolsey wildfire rages across beachside community


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