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Woolsey Fire burns 8,000 acres; 75K homes under evacuation orders

Woolsey Fire burns 8,000 acres; 75K homes under evacuation orders

To the west in Ventura County, Moorpark College is closed due to the impacts of fire and Wednesday night's deadly mass shooting in nearby Thousand Oaks.

Unfortunately, Scott Derrickson, best known for directing Doctor Strange, announced on Twitter early this morning that his home has been lost in the fire.

A pair of intense wildfires in Ventura County have also led to the evacuation of 105,000 people in Southern California, leading acting Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency there while Gov.

The brush fire was first reported around 6:30 AM Thursday morning and burned roughly 18,000 acres by midday Thursday.

"We were surrounded by fire, we were driving through fire on each side of the road", said police officer Mark Bass, who lives in Paradise and works in neighboring Chico.

A lot of the resources assigned to the Hill Fire were transferred to the Woolsey Fire, which became the priority for firefighting efforts with heavy air support and hundreds of personnel working Friday.

Ventura County Fire officials say there are 20 to 25 an hour winds.

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Two wildfires raging west of Los Angeles have force thousands of people to leave their homes.

The full extent of the destruction is still unknown, but authorities believe up to 1,000 structures have been destroyed - most of those in Paradise, a town of 26,000 people about 85 miles north of Sacramento, a Cal Fire spokesman said. She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.

The Los Angeles Police Department was placed on a citywide tactical alert early Friday to ensure all resources are available to assist with any evacuation orders and road closures prompted by the Woolsey Fire, according to a statement from the department.

The Ventura County fire department said Friday that 75,000 homes were ordered evacuated in the two adjoining counties west of Los Angeles. Powerful winds caused the Camp Fire to spread quickly, filling the sky with toxic smoke that could be seen from San Francisco. Drought-stricken fuels, Santa Ana wind conditions, low relative humidity, high temperatures: "It's a recipe for fire", said Ventura County Fire Department Assistant Chief Chad Cook, the incident commander for the Hill Fire. Voluntary evacuations have been added in Ventura County for Lake Sherwood and the area south of Highway 101 and north of Potrero Rd. between Westlake Blvd. and Wendy Dr.in Thousand Oaks.

Residents took to social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in Newbury Park, which borders Thousands Oaks to the west.

Around 10,000 acres of land was torched in the blaze by Thursday night, fire officials said. It's near Hill Canyon Road and Santa Rosa Road in the Santa Rosa Valley.

Wind gusts of up to 77 miles per hour were reported in Los Angeles County on Friday morning.


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