Wildfire triggers evacuation order for Malibu

Wildfire triggers evacuation order for Malibu

A raging Southern California wildfire has triggered a mandatory evacuation order for the entire beachside city of Malibu.

Thousands of people are now being evacuated in Ventura County due to the Woolsey fire that's raging in California.

Dubbed the "Hill Fire", the blaze quickly spread to cover between 8,000 and 10,000 acres on Thursday, according to Ventura County Fire Department officials.

The fire had jumped Highway 101 in several places, including Calabasas and Agoura Hills, as it barrelled south towards coastal Malibu.

There are Red Flag warnings in effect for parts of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

A wildfire that moved so fast that firefighters couldn't hope to stop it quadrupled in size Friday after destroying several thousand buildings and leveling much of a Northern California town of almost 30,000 people, authorities said.

The fire in Paradise burned fast, reports CBS News' David Begnaud. The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!" 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. She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.

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More than 15,000 structures in Butte County remain threatened by the blaze, which continues to grow under "extreme fire and weather conditions", according to the latest incident report.

The Hill Fire ignited around 2 p.m. local time in the area of Hill Canyon in Santa Rosa, according to Ventura County Fire Department officials. The fast-moving Hill fires started near the community of Thousand Oaks, which was in the midst of grappling with the Wednesday night shooting that killed 12 at the Borderline nightclub.

Scott Maclean, the state's forestry and fire protection spokesman, said a number of civilians and firefighters had been injured in the fire north of Sacramento but it would be days before the authorities knew whether anyone had died.

Fire officials have issued evacuation orders for homes in areas of Chico, Calif., which has a population of roughly 93,000 people.

The Los Angeles Police Department was placed on a citywide tactical alert about 12:45 a.m.to ensure all resources are available to assist with any evacuation orders and road closures prompted by the Woolsey Fire, according to a department statement.

Howling Santa Ana winds were driving the Woolsey and Hill fires.

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

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