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Multiple Wildfires Prompt Evacuation Orders All the Way to Malibu

Posted Friday, November 9, 2018 - 11:15 am

Update:3:14 p.m.

Pacific Coast Highway is closed to all northbound traffic from Santa Monica. To facilitate evacuations, the two northbound lanes have been repurposed to become southbound lanes. Residents are advised to evacuation to the south only; fire danger continues to the north. Thick smoke has enveloped the area as homes burn on the north side of Pacific Coast Highway. 

Reports are that all exits from the 10 Freeway are closed westbound through Santa Monica, as are any routes to Pacific Coast Highway entering north.

13,000 Malibu residents have been ordered to evacuate. 

Animal evacuation centers are requesting donations of hay and alfalfa at Pierce College in Woodland Hills and Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace. Additionally, they are requesting cat and dog crates at evacuation centers at Palisades High School and Taft High School, Pierce College and the Thousand Oaks Teen Center. 

Among the homes that have burned, reports say that Caitlyn Jenner’s house is gone. Kim Kardashian West, Khloe and Kortney  – evacuated their homes on Thursday night. They went to their home in Hidden Hills Friday. Reports are that Hidden Hills was evacuated Friday afternoon.

Update:11:15 a.m.

The Ventura County Fire Department has updated the Woolsey Fire has now burned estimated at 14,000 acres and 88,000 are evacuated.

By Victoria Talbot

The Woolsey Fire has scorched more than 10,000 acres and is threatening the City of Malibu on its way to the ocean with zero percent containment. Spurred by high winds and Santa Ana conditions, the fire line can be seen stretching across a seemingly endless boundary. More than 75,000 homes are under evacuation orders.

In the last hours, the fire has exploded with the low humidity and high winds, forcing thousands from their homes. Overnight conditions propelled flames southward across the Ventura Freeway (101) into the Liberty Canyon areas. An unknown number of structures were destroyed. 

Residents are advised to use Pacific Coast Highway to evacuate Malibu and avoid canyon roads. Traffic on Pacific Coast Highway is backed up for miles as residents flee the oncoming conflagration. 

Malibu residents evacuation orders include mandatory evacuations for the entire city of Malibu, areas south of the 101 Freeway from the Ventura County Line east to Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Rd. and as far south as the Pacific Ocean. Earlier evacuation orders include the area north of the 101 Freeway from Valley Vista to Reyes Adobe in the areas of Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Westlake Village.

Evacuation centers for Malibu residents: Palisades High School, 15777 Bowdoin St. In addition, because Hansen Dam and Pierce College have reached capacity, a large animal evacuation center was established at the Zuma Beach Parking Lot in Malibu. Industry Hills Expo Center in the San Gabriel Valley was also offering shelter for horses in fire-affected areas.

School closures include the Las Virgenes Unified School District, Viewpoint School, Montessori of Calabasas, Montessori of Calabasas Too and Muse School, Conejo Valley School District, and the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Topanga ElementaryCharter School.

About 2:30 a.m., mandatory evacuation orders that had been issued in the city of Los Angeles near West Hills and Hidden Hills were changed from mandatory to voluntary, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The orders affected residents north of the 101 Freeway, south of Bell Canyon Road, west of Valley Circle Boulevard and east of the Los Angeles city limit. Evacuation orders in the Hidden Hills area of Los Angeles County were also downgraded to voluntary.

About 12:30 a.m., all residents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties north of the Ventura (101) Freeway, south of Bell Canyon Road, west of Valley Circle Boulevard and east of Erbes Road, as well as north of Kanan Road, west of Lindero Canyon to Erbes Road extending north to Sunset Hills Boulevard were told to evacuate, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. That includes areas of Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Westlake Village, all in L.A. County.

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 statement from the department. The tactical alert was lifted about 7:45 a.m.

“If you’re in an affected area and have been ordered to evacuate, evacuate,” police said.

Calabasas city officials advised residents not under mandatory evacuation orders to prepare to leave by gathering their IDs, medications, important documents, emergency supplies and a change of clothes and pets, pet food and pet medications.

Los Angeles County and city crews were assisting in the firefight, which was taking place as a second, larger brush fire raged further west in Ventura County in the Santa Rosa Valley/Thousand Oaks area.

Acting Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued an emergency proclamation for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties due to the Hill and Woolsey fires, which  have destroyed homes and caused mass evacuations.

In Northern California the Butte County Camp Fire has prompted Newsom to contact President Donald Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to request a presidential declaration of emergency to support the communities impacted by wildfires including the Camp Fire, Hill Fire, Woolsey Fire and the Nurse Fire.

Throughout the communities of Thousand Oaks, Malibu, Agoura, Calabasas, and surrounding areas which were affected by Wednesday’s mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill, the communities are reeling from this double disaster. 

According to the latest information available on their website, the Ventura County Fire Department has mandatory evacuations in the following locations:

For the Woolsey Fire: Bell Canyon – Saddlebow Rd. between Maverick Ln and Morgan Rd.; Oak Park – the entire area; Thousand Oaks – T.O. Blvd. north to Sunset Hills, from Oak Park west to Highway 23; West of Highway 23 – south of E. Olsen Rd, North of Pederson Rd.; South of Bard Lake, east of Highway 23; South of Highway 101, east of Reino Rd. North of Portrero Rd., east to the LA/Ventura County Line.

Portrero Rd. is closed between Rancho Dos Vientos and S. Lewis Rd. Highway 118 eastbound is open. Highway 101 northbound is open.

Evacuation centers are at Thousand Oaks High School, 2323 N Moorpark Rd., closing Nov. 9 at noon; Thousand Oaks Teen Center, 1375 E Janss Rd, at capacity; Goebel Senior Adult Center , 1385 E Janss Rd., at capacity; Rancho Santa Susana Rec Center, 5005 Unit C, Los Angels Ave. Simi Valley (no animals); Taft Charter High School, 5461 Winnetka Ave. Woodland Hills, at capacity, Hansen Dam Equestrian Center, 11127 Orcas Avenue, Lake View Terrace – Los Angeles County Animal Services – accepting large animals; Pierce College – 7100 El Rancho Drive, Woodland Hills, at capacity,  Los Angeles County Animal Services – accepting large animals

For the Hill Fire: Point Mugu Naval Base, Camarillo Springs, Vallecito Trailer Park, California State University Channel Islands, Dos Vientos and South Coast.

In addition, they have posted the following evacuation centers: M-95 masks are available and they are accepting small animals -Borchard Community Center- 190 Reino Road Newbury Park and Camarillo Community Center -1605 E Burnley St. in Camarillo.

 

 

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