Wildfires near California town still reeling from bar shooting

A wildfire comes down from a hilltop Thursday Nov. 8 2018 near Newbury Park Calif. The Ventura County Fire Department has ordered evacuation of some communities in the path of the fire which erupted a few miles from the site of Wednesday night's dead

Wildfires near California town still reeling from bar shooting

With the area still reeling from the shooting at the Thousand Oaks bar, the Hill fire has spread to 10,000 acres, quickly shutting down the 101 Freeway.

A slew of wildfires hit Southern California on Friday morning, including the Woolsey fire which forced the evacuation of the city of Malibu as the blaze also threatens the communities of Calabasas and Woodland Hills.

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While not as big as the Camp Fire, the Woolsey Fire, which now measures approximately 8,000 acres, is in a much more densely populated area.

"We were surrounded by fire, we were driving through fire on each side of the road", said police officer Mark Bass, who lives in Paradise and works in neighboring Chico. An emergency evacuation order was issued for several neighborhoods west of Los Angeles as firefighters frantically fought back the Woolsey Fire.

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At least 30 homes have been destroyed.

Ventura County Fire Department tweeted that intense winds fueled the fire overnight, leading it to jump 101.

Firefighters were scrambling Friday to slow the spread of two large wind-whipped wildfires in Ventura County that already had scorched thousands of acres, destroyed an unknown number of structures, and prompted widespread evacuations. "I pray everyone is safe", she wrote.

The fire placed more than 75,000 homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties under evacuation orders as of Friday morning, and there was still no containment on the blaze.

The fire had crossed U.S. 101 a few miles east of Thousand Oaks - the site of Wednesday night's bar shooting massacre - and was headed south to the Pacific coast, in the direction of Malibu Creek State Park, the city of Malibu and Pepperdine University, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. Murphy says firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remained in place. The fast-moving Woolsey Fire had burned more than 14,000 acres Friday.

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Residents took to social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in Newbury Park, which borders Thousands Oaks to the west.

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.

Around 10,000 acres of land was torched in the blaze by Thursday night, fire officials said. The Santa Anas are strong, dry winds that high-pressure systems push from east to west, from the mountains and desert areas down into the Los Angeles area.

Evacuations in Hidden Hills and all portions in the City of Los Angeles have been revised from mandatory to voluntary, the Fire Department stated.

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