City Of Malibu Under Mandatory Evacuation Order As SoCal Fires Grow Overnight

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

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

The city of Malibu is under a mandatory evacuation order as the Woolsey fire threatens the communities of Calabasas and Malibu, covering as much as 8,000 acres as of Friday morning. The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!"

Fire officials said it could take days to figure out how many people died.

The Woolsey Fire was originally reported just south of Simi Valley and about 25 miles southwest of Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people enjoying country line dancing at college night before killing himself.

In Southern California there are now two fires in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties threatening structures and forcing evacuations. A brush fire that was first reported at 2:00pm on Thursday afternoon, it's quickly grown in size as well. Winds were blowing between 25-30 miles per hour and pushed the fire across the freeway onto Conejo Mountain toward the Pacific Coast Highway.

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The fire overnight jumped the 101 Freeway in the western end of Los Angeles County, forcing a shutdown of the major artery after drivers in some cases were forced to make U-turns and drive the opposite direction to avoid flames.

Christy Dawn Little abandoned her Oak Park home, northeast of Thousand Oaks, around 11 p.m. PT. "I pray everyone is safe", she wrote. The blaze sent residents fleeing, and now threatens the city of Chico, home to 90,000 people.

Almost 2,300 fire personnel are battling the blaze. One evacuation center was even forced to close down as the flames spread. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP) The Woolsey Fire is seen looking towards the west valley area on November 9, 2018 in Porter Ranch, California.

The Los Angeles and Ventura County fire departments say multiple buildings have been destroyed or damage, but exact numbers are not available early Friday.

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Speaking at press conference in the wee hours of Thursday, a sheriff said that around a dozen other people had been injured. Borderline Bar & Grill is a western-themed establishment known to regularly host country, salsa and swing dancing nights.

Santa Barbara County fire agencies sent strike teams to help fight the Ventura County fires and local law enforcement agencies sent personnel south to help evacuate residents and staff road closures, sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said Friday.

They were joined by 150,000 residents in Southern California, who were also told to leave their homes as the fire kept on spreading.

A separate fire is threatening Malibu and has caused the city to be evacuated. Evacuating residents were being directed south of PCH toward Santa Monica, creating a snarl of vehicles along the normally scenic coastal route.

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