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.
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.
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
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.
UNBELIEVABLE WINDS- Listen to the power of the winds as the #WoolseyFire burns through neighborhoods. Mandatory evacuations has now extended toward #Malibu #CA as the fire continues to burn pic.twitter.com/AsilJ0yAOa
— TPFStormDesk (@TPFStormDesk) November 9, 2018
The fire has consumed 8,000 acres and isn’t yet even partly contained, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
— Stephanie Simmons (@StephatCBS2) November 9, 2018
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.
— Megan Karasch (@mjkarasch) November 9, 2018
Wow watch the Thousand Oaks-Malibu fire expand toward the coast this morning. pic.twitter.com/9TFeQLtr1n
— Shawn Milrad (@shawnmilrad) November 9, 2018