Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Thousands of Residents in Vicinity of Woosley Fire Without Power

Thousands of Residents in Vicinity of Woosley Fire Without Power

Thousands of residents just outside Los Angeles have been ordered to evacuate immediately as a massive wildfire advances, fanned by strong winds.

He headed for an emergency shelter on the outskirts of the town in his pickup truck, but as he hit an empty road he was surrounded by a huge tower of fire and a towering inferno on both sides of the road.

He said: "The town is devastated, everything is destroyed".

While no homes or businesses have been lost because of the fast-moving fire, a number of RVs and outbuildings have been burned and a firefighter suffered a minor injury, authorities said.

Why are the fires spreading so fast?

Approximately 75,000 homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties are under mandatory evacuations due to the Woolsey and Hill fires.

"The perimeter is now the Pacific Ocean", Richardson said.

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

The city of Malibu along the California coast is under mandatory evacuation this morning after a wildfire known as the Woolsey Fire jumped across the 101 freeway and began burning south.

Calabasas and Malibu are home to numerous celebrities and some have been posting on social media, including reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

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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.

"Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home". She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.

Image caption Smoke to the west of Los Angeles could be seen from the city's Hollywood area on Friday What is happening in northern California?

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.

"There's nothing left standing", said Mr Maclean.

Thousands were evacuated, including from schools and hospitals.

Surrounded by walls of flames, people drove through hell trying to escape as their homes burned to the ground. Murphy says firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remained in place.

Active investigations are underway on all three fires, "particularly the Camp Fire", Pimlott said.

"There was really no firefight involved", said Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, explaining that crews gave up on attacking the flames and instead helped people evacuate.

The region has grappled with serious wildfires - including the worst in the state's history, the Mendocino and Thomas fires - on and off since 2017.

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