California wildfires: 15,000 homes threatened; Malibu evacuated

Yolanda Curtis
November 10, 2018

Tens of thousands of people are under mandatory evacuation orders and Palley says that the fires in the Santa Monica Mountains, above Malibu, have developed so fast that numerous roads there have become impassable even to firefighters.

Meanwhile, the Hill Fire, located just down the road from the Thousand Oaks bar where 12 people were killed earlier this week in a mass shooting, has topped 10,000 acres. So far, it has burned through 20,000 acres, injured firefighters and residents, and prompted hospitals and schools to quickly evacuate.

As of Friday, the infernos combined had consumed 18,000 acres (28 square miles) and destroyed at least 75 homes.

After making the announcement about his home on Twitter this morning, others were quick to offer their support for Derrickson, including The Haunting of Hill House creator, Mike Flanagan.

In Northern California, panicked residents fled the town of Paradise on Thursday morning with seemingly little notice as the Camp Fire swept through it.

Heavy smoke and strong winds hampered visibility for crews on the firelines and residents trying to evacuate fire zones.

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"We were engulfed in flames", Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter said.

The L.A. Times reported that a total of 75,000 homes in both Ventura and Los Angeles counties are now under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders, including Westlake Village and parts of Calabasas, where numerous entertainers including Alyssa Milano and Kim Kardashian have lavish homes.

The above wildfire map from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection shows fires burning in several parts of the state.

Cal State Channel Islands has ordered a mandatory evacuation of the campus due to the fire, and all classes and activities have been canceled this evening, according to a news release from campus officials.

Caitlyn Jenner's house in Malibu has reportedly burned down during the California wildfires.

She added another message giving her thanks to firefighters, writing 'Fire Fighters, I love you and thank you for doing all that you can to keep us safe!'

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A wildfire burning in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas quadrupled in size, cutting power off from more than 23,000 homes and businesses late Thursday.

The Los Angeles and Ventura county fire departments say multiple buildings have been destroyed or damaged, but exact numbers were not available early Friday.

Fire officials anticipate the fire will reach the Pacific Ocean.

The flames are being driven by Southern California's notorious Santa Ana winds, which blow from the northeast toward the coast.

One of the fires broke out Thursday north-west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the U.S. 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains. Thousands evacuated, many abandoned their vehicles and fleeing on foot as flames surrounded major roadways in the area.

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