California wildfires: Malibu EVACUATED as Woolsey Fire JUMPS motorway

A screenshot showing helicopter footage of the Hill Fire on Thursday Nov. 8 2018

The entire city of Malibu was ordered to evacuate Friday morning as well as surrounding areas south of Highway 101, the entire community of Oak Park and sections of Thousand Oaks, according to a Ventura County incident webpage.

Firefighters had their hands full, as another blaze to the north, the Hill Fire, prompted mandatory evacuations in Newbury Park and a closure of the 101 Freeway from Borchard Rd.to Pleasant Valley Rd.

Thankfully, Derrickson's family is safe, but he announced that he's going offline for a while he deals with the tragedy of losing his home.

The Butte county sheriff's office says an evacuation order was issued on Friday for the small communities of Stirling City and Inskip, north of Paradise, where thousands of homes were destroyed.

About 1,000 structures have been reportedly destroyed, a lot of them in Paradise, a town of about 26,000 people that has been virtually wiped out by the exploding blaze, reports and photos show.

Dettorre is concerned that as the fire crosses the freeway "it will make its historic and typical run all the way down Pacific Coast Highway".

At least 75,000 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles counties are under evacuation orders, and some structures have already been destroyed, officials said.

One of the fires broke out Thursday north-west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the U.S. 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains.


The Camp Fire in the northern part of the state has burned through 20,000 acres, while the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties quadrupled in size overnight.

Friday morning the fire was burning to the outer edges of Chico, a city of 93,000 people about a 90-mile drive north of Sacramento.

Panic ensued that afternoon as the Woolsey Fire broke out east of Simi Valley.

Multiple fires were reported at more than 10,000 acres with high rate of spread and mandatory evacuation orders in place as of 8 a.m. Friday, according to Cal Fire.

By early Friday morning, there were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. Last night it covered just 2,000 acres.

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

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

The National Weather Service now predicts heavy winds throughout Friday morning could potentially help spread the blaze.

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