Woolsey Fire east of Simi Valley being pushed by Santa Ana winds

Woolsey Fire east of Simi Valley being pushed by Santa Ana winds
Ventura County brush fires: Homes go up in flames in Thousand Oaks, Oak Park area
BELL CANYON (CBSLA) — An estimated 30 homes have burned in the Woolsey Fire that broke out in the Rocketdyne area of Simi Valley Thursday, as heavy winds threatened communities and led to mandatory evacuations into the early morning hours.

The Woolsey Fire erupted at 2:25 p.m. It had grown to approximately 2,000 acres by 10:00 p.m. and was at zero percent containment. A little more than an hour later, multiple houses were under threat, as the fire hopped across residential neighborhoods across Oak Park.

Wait described the conditions on the ground as “apocalyptic,” as ember and ash rained down on the streets below.

L.A. County Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Trey Espy confirmed 15-20 homes were impacted in the area of Kellwood Ct. and Churchwood Dr. and additional homes were impacted in nearby areas. Espy said firefighters were creating “water curtains” between the homes and would remain on-scene until the threat was contained.

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Estimated 30 Homes Burn As Woolsey Fire Rages On, Mandatory Evacuations Underway

“They will continue to save homes and do whatever they can until the work is done,” Espy said.

The 101 Freeway was closed from Borchard Rd. to Pleasant Valley Rd. / Santa Rosa Rd. in both directions due to the fire. Officials, at a 7:45 p.m. press conference, were not yet able to approximate when the freeway would re-open. However, officials suggested the fire could burn as far as to the Pacific Ocean by morning, with Santa Ana winds whipping at 20-25 mph creating an enormous challenge for firefighters.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered by the L.A. Fire Dept. for all residents north of 101 Freeway, south of Bell Canyon Rd., West of Valley Circle Blvd., east to the L.A. City limit. The LAPD was placed on a city-wide tactical alert as the blaze raged on into the early morning hours.

Firefighters meanwhile had their hands full Thursday evening, with the Woolsey Fire igniting in the area of Rocketdyne in Simi Valley at 2:25 p.m. The fire had grown to approximately 2,000 acres by 10:00 p.m. and was at zero percent containment. At least one home appeared to be a complete loss as flames threatened homes in neighborhoods in Oak Park.

The late-night evacuations, including parts of Hidden Hills, Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Oak Park, caused heavy traffic delays as residents attempted to leave the area.

“It’s been a roller coaster,” one Oak Park resident told Jeff Nguyen, explaining he decided to stay behind and watch over his neighbors’ homes in the area of Kellwood Ct. and Churchwood Dr. and had the utmost faith in firefighters.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for all areas of Camarillo Springs, Vallecito Trailer Park, California State University Channel Islands, Point Magu Naval Base, as well as these areas of Dos Vientos and South Coast. An estimated 1,200 homes were affected.

“Hopefully they’re able to get it under control and save this neighborhood,” he said.

More than 500 firefighters were battling the Hill Fire that broke out at Hill Canyon and Santa Rosa Road around 2:30 p.m., authorities said. Fire officials confirmed it had been contained to 5-7,000 acres at the time of this report.

Firefighters cited heavy winds, kicking up to 20-25 mph, and difficult terrain as challenges in effectively fighting the fire.

Just north, firefighters were battling the Hill Fire, prompting mandatory evacuations in Ventura County and a closure of the 101 Freeway from Borchard Rd. to Pleasant Valley Rd. / Santa Rosa Rd.

Evacuations were ordered for all residents north of 101 Freeway, south of Bell Canyon Rd., West of Valley Circle Blvd., east to the L.A. City limit for the Woolsey Fire.

Those looking for information on family or friends can call the Ventura County Joint Information Hotline at 805-465-6650.

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A fast-moving brush fire fueled by strong, erratic winds and low humidity charred as many as 7,000 acres Thursday in the Newbury Park-Thousand Oaks area, forcing evacuations and shutting down a section of the 101 Freeway as scores of firefighters, aided by air tankers, worked to quell the flames.

An evacuation center was set up at Rancho Santa Susana Recreation Center, located at 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Ave. Simi Valley, CA 93063.

The Hill fire broke out sometime around 2 p.m. in the Santa Rosa Valley near Santa Rosa Road, according to Ventura County Fire Department officials. Capt. Brian McGrath said that by 3 p.m., the blaze had quickly burned through thousands of acres near the border of Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks.

Friday school closures were issued for the California State University Channel Islands and California Lutheran University.

The Woolsey fire, in the meantime, was burning structures late Thursday and evacuation orders were issued for Oak Park, a community near the Los Angeles County border; and for a nearby section of Los Angeles. Also evacuated early Friday were parts of Bell Canyon and Thousand Oaks.

Those looking for information on family or friends can call the Ventura County Joint Information Hotline at 805-465-6650.

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A list of school closures across Ventura County is available via the Ventura County Office of Education website.

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Locals spoke with CBS2/KCAL9’s Jeff Nguyen about the first moments they learned about the blaze.

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Travis Lundgren, a street maintenance worker, uses a cooler of ice and water to help put out a flair up along Rancho Conejo Blvd. during the Hill Fire in Thousand Oaks, CA, on Thursday, Nov 8, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

A water dropping helicopter heads to fill up as the sun sets during the Hill Fire in Thousand Oaks, CA, on Thursday, Nov 8, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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A CHP officer checks on residents in Camarillo Springs as wind-driven flames from the Hill fire move closer. The fire department reported the fire has already burned more than 10,000 acres. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

The Hill Fire burns in the hills east of Conejo Center Drive in Thousand Oaks, CA, on Thursday, Nov 8, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

A firefighter releases water dropping helicopters after they filled up near Conejo Center Drive during the Hill Fire in Thousand Oaks, CA, on Thursday, Nov 8, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Smoke from from the Hill fire rolls over a completely empty US 101 freeway Thursday evening in Camarillo Springs. The fire department reported the fire has already burned more than 10,000 acres. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

A dozer moves in on flames from the Hill fire burning along Santa Rosa road in Newbury Park Thursday afternoon. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

The Hill Fire burns in the hills east of Conejo Center Drive in Thousand Oaks, CA, on Thursday, Nov 8, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The Hill Fire burns in the hills east of Conejo Center Drive in Thousand Oaks, CA, on Thursday, Nov 8, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

A dozer moves in on flames from the Hill fire burning along Santa Rosa road in Newbury Park Thursday afternoon. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Expand Chad Cook, Assistant Chief for the Ventura County Fire Department, said that by Thursday night the Hill fire had burned between 5,000 and 7,000 acres.

Cook said the fire started in the Hill Canyon area and was “pushed by an east wind and crossed the 101 Freeway in about 12 minutes.”

McGrath said the flames threatened homes and prompted mandatory evacuations in the Camarillo Springs Area. Affected residents were being directed to the Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, according to social media updates from firefighters. McGrath said it was not immediately clear how many people had been displaced.

The fire department issued mandatory evacuation notices while a voluntary evacuation notice was issued for the Point Mugu Naval Base.

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Ventura County fire said the Rancho Santa Susana Recreation Center, along with the Borchard and Camarillo Community Centers were evacuation centers.

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Twenty-mile-per-hour winds whipped through the area as 165 firefighters battled the fire with support from eight air tankers in the afternoon. Cook said roughly 500 firefighters were working the fire as of 8 p.m., with many more available.

“We don’t have any confirmed commercial or residential structure loss, but we have lost trailers,” Cook said.

Officials said the Hill fire was expected to follow the same trail as the Springs fire in May 2013 fire that burned around 24,000 acres, and make its way to Pacific Coast Highway.

“The first part of this fuel bed, where the fire started, hadn’t seen fires in many years,” Cook said.

The nearby Hill Canyon Waste Water Treatment Plant and Viceto Trailer park were some of the first places evacuated, according to social media posts from Ventura County firefighters.

A closure of a portion of the 101 was ordered at 2:50 p.m. and by 3:40 p.m. it was shut down from Lewis Road to Route 23, according to California Highway Patrol Officer James Miconi.

CSU Channel Islands also ordered a mandatory evacuation of the campus due to fire. All classes and activities were canceled Thursday evening, a school official said, and students who live on campus have been asked to evacuate and go home, stay with a friend or head north of the campus.

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Also burning in the region was the Woolsey fire, which had charred more than 2,000 acres in the Woolsey Canyon area of Ventura County, CalFire officials said. Los Angeles County firefighters were assisting with that blaze.

Oak Park was ordered evacuated and by early Friday the evacuations extended into part of Los Angeles County.

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said residents of Calabasas, Hidden Hills and Agoura Hills should prepare for evacuations.

Both the Hill and Woolsey fires also resulted in the Ventura County Office of Education cancelling classes for a host of schools throughout the area, including all schools in the Conejo Valley Unified, Hueneme Elementary, Las Virgenes, Mesa Union, Oak Park Unified, Oxnard Elementary, Oxnard Union High, Pleasant Valley, Rio and Somis Union School Districts.

Several Ventura County charter schools also cancelled Friday classes, including ACE Charter High School, Bridges Charter School, River Oaks Academy and Vista Real Charter High School.

The Ventura County Office of Education also closed several other schools and sites for Friday, including the ACCESS School, Dean Triggs School, Dwire School, Gateway Community School, Hathaway Preschool, James Foster School, La Mariposa Elementary School, Las Colinas Middle School, the VCOE classroom at Moorpark High School, Phoenix-Airport, Phoenix-Los Nogales, Phoenix-Moorpark, Pleasant Valley Early Childhood Center, Ritchen Preschool, Sunkist School and Williams Preschool.

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“Prepare a bag containing your ID, meds, important documents, emergency supplies and a change of clothes,” the sheriff’s department said on Twitter.


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