California fires: Malibu residents ordered to evacuate

Lester Mason
November 9, 2018

One fire that broke out near the northeast corner of Los Angeles has roared westward, jumped USA 101 in the Calabasas area and is surging up the Santa Monica Mountains.

Malibu has about 13,000 residents and lies along 21 miles (34km) of coast at the southern foot of the mountain range.

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

Rescuers used a bulldozer to push abandoned cars out of the way in order to reach a hospital and evacuate patients as the fire engulfed the building, Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter said.

The Los Angeles Fire Department reported at 7:53 a.m. Friday that a brush fire has also broken out in Griffith Park, near the zoo.

The fire had jumped Highway 101 in several places, including Calabasas and Agoura Hills, as it barrelled south towards coastal Malibu. There is also a power outage in the Big Rock neighborhood, which is outside the immediate evacuation area.

Voluntary evacuations have been added in Ventura County for Lake Sherwood and the area south of Hwy 101 and north of Potrero Road between Westlake Boulevard and Wendy Drive in Thousand Oaks.

To the west in Ventura County, Moorpark College is closed due to the impacts of fire and Wednesday night's deadly mass shooting in nearby Thousand Oaks.


Evacuation notices were announced for Chico, which is home to around 93,000 people and is about 90 miles north of Sacramento.

- A wind-driven brush fire in Ventura County quadrupled overnight, scorching 8,000 acres by Friday morning and was zero percent contained, firefighters said.

No estimate was given on the number of structures destroyed but the Fire Department did say there were "many". "There's nothing much left standing", said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott Maclean.

Earlier, the fire devastated the town of Paradise in the Sierra foothills, home to 26,000 people.

No injuries had been reported.

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

Residents have been told to avoid the canyon routes out of the city, and Pacific Coast Highway is quickly becoming jammed as residents got the early morning order to leave one of the region's most tony cities.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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