California wildfires destroy thousands of structures and force emergency evacuations

California wildfires destroy thousands of structures and force emergency evacuations

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for California State University Channel Islands and for the Camarillo Springs area, according to Ventura County Fire Department officials.

Those who live there have been warned of an "imminent threat" to their safety, with thousands of people being urged to flee however they can.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for the Woolsey Fire south of the 101 Freeway to the coast - from the Ventura/LA County line east to Malibu Canyon Road, including areas in Malibu.

Another blaze just west of that area, dubbed the Hill Fire, topped 10,000 acres on Thursday.

The fire was driven by heavy winds last night.

However there were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries.

The Woolsey Fire appeared to be the more unsafe of the two blazes, and was burning south through the Kanan Road corridor toward Malibu and the ocean.

The Woolsey Fire started around 2:25 p.m. Thursday and had destroyed a significant number of homes and other buildings as of Friday morning, according to authorities.

A third fire erupted Friday morning in Griffith Park above the Los Angeles Zoo.

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Near Oak Park, the town of Thousand Oaks - still reeling from a mass shooting on Wednesday night - has also been threatened by the encroaching blaze.

One wrote: 'I would leave just in case fire can move quick at the end of the day everything is replaceable except life stay safe!'

Camp Fire has already reached Chico, home to 90,000 people, about 20 miles of west of Paradise and 90 miles north of Sacramento.

Now a brush fire is threatening the surrounding area.

Malibu itself - a city of about 12,000 people and known for beachside homes owned by celebrities and millionaires - was put under an evacuation order Friday morning.

It is claimed that her home, which is in the same area of the Woolsey fire, went up in flames on Friday.

Both fires are zero percent contained as of 11am on Friday, and dozens of communities on the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties have been ordered to evacuate as the flames approach.

Schools and hospitals also evacuated. 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.

Santa Barbara County fire agencies sent strike teams to help fight the Ventura County fires and local law enforcement agencies sent personnel south to help evacuate residents and staff road closures, sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said Friday.

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