Two Major Fires Burning in Ventura County

Long Beach Fire Department strike team sent to battle Hill Fire in Ventura • Long Beach Post

The Woolsey blaze also struck parts of Los Angeles County, where mandatory evacuation orders were given on Friday morning, U.S. time, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

It had burned 8,000 acres and there was no containment or expected containment, according to a Ventura County Fire Department update at 3:30 a.m. A second round of Santa Ana winds is forecast to whip the area Sunday through Tuesday, though it may be weaker than Friday's.

The fire sparked about 2:30 p.m. south of Simi Valley.

About 12:30 a.m., 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.

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.

Cal State Channel Islands has also been closed.

"This fire moved so fast and grew so fast a lot of people got caught by it". (Chico is about 90 miles north of Sacramento.) 35 mph winds are hampering efforts to contain the blaze, which has already destroyed the town of Paradise, burning more than 1,000 homes and the town hospital.

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At 2:04 pm Thursday a brush fire ignited in the area of Hill Canyon in the Santa Rosa Valley, now called the Hill Fire.

The Woolsey Fire is not far from the Hill Fire, which quickly spread to 10,000 acres on Thursday.

L.A. County Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Trey Espy confirmed 15 to 20 homes were impacted in the area of Kellwood Ct. and Churchwood Dr. and additional homes were impacted in nearby areas.

Fire officials anticipate the fire will reach the Pacific Ocean.

Firefighters cited heavy winds, kicking up to 20 to 25 miles per hour, and hard terrain as challenges in effectively fighting the fire.

The city tweeted that the evacuation affects areas between the Ventura county line and Malibu Canyon.

Local news reporter Tom Wait of CBS2 described the fire as "apocalyptic" with ember and ash raining down from the flames.

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