Two Major Fires Burning in Ventura County

Two Major Fires Burning in Ventura County

Strong blustery winds combined with dry conditions have helped the blaze spread, after weeks without rain and low humidity at the height of the wildfire season in north California.

The Hill Fire, which was reported in the Hill Canyon area of Santa Rosa Valley at about 2 p.m. Thursday, quickly charred thousands of acres and jumped Highway 101, which was closed in the area overnight, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

Overnight, the so-called Woolsey Fire reached the city of Agoura Hills and raced through Oak Park, in the adjacent Ventura County.

Malibu has been ordered to evacuate, as well as Oak Park, Thousand Oaks and other areas in the Highway 101 vicinity. (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.

"We are still reeling, but we are also very resilient", she said.

California's Santa Ana winds have stoked the fires, causing the Woolsley blaze to double in size to 8,000 acres, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

A separate fire is threatening Malibu and has caused the city to be evacuated.

California Acting Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday declared a state of emergency for areas affected by the Woolsey and Hill fires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

No estimate was given on the number of structures destroyed but the Fire Department did say there were "many". Last night it covered just 2,000 acres. She's been in the home since 2015.

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The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire raging through the Santa Monica Mountains was headed to the ocean.

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At least 30 homes have been destroyed.

Desperate residents fled their homes armed with pets and children to escape the burning flames.

Friday morning, fire officials reported that the fire had jumped Highway 101 near the city of Calabasas.

Residents posted on social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in the Newbury Park area of western Thousand Oaks.

A separate massive blaze raging in Northern California since Thursday morning has almost quadrupled in size overnight, according to one Californian fire official.

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

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