Ventura County brush fires: Structures go up in flames in Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks area

Ventura County brush fires: Structures go up in flames in Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks area
Large fires threaten Ventura County communities; 101 Freeway closed, more than 1,000 homes evacuated – Los Ang
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Firefighters in opposite ends of California fought back fast-moving blazes on Friday as wildfires raged out of control near major cities, forced tens of thousands of residents to flee their homes and damaged hundreds of buildings.

Dozens of homes were destroyed in Thousand Oaks — the city grieving from the deadly nightclub shooting earlier this week — and the authorities ordered the evacuation of parts of Malibu, the affluent community west of Los Angeles that is home to many Hollywood celebrities, as the fire raced through the hills and canyons above the Pacific Ocean. No part of the fire was under control, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

The fire also shut down the 101 freeway, a major transportation artery connecting Los Angeles with points north.

Thousand Oaks High School – 2323 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360Thousand Oaks Teen Center – 1375 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 (at capacity)Goebel Senior Adult Center – 1385 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 (at capacity)Rancho Santa Susana Recreation Center – 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Ave. Simi Valley, CA 93063Taft Charter High School – 5461 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91364Hansen Dam Equestrian Center – 11127 Orcas Avenue, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342; Accepting large animalsPierce College – 7100 El Rancho Drive Woodland Hills, CA 91371 (Entrance off Desoto Ave.)

A separate wildfire flared early Friday in Griffith Park, near Burbank and Glendale, and not far from downtown Los Angeles.

#Woolseyfire update – 30,000 homes threatened. Multiple structures damaged/ destroyed. No fatalities or severe injuries. Fire threatening to cross Highway 101 at Westlake Blvd. Unified Command:

Evacuations ordered as Woolsey Fire grows overnight

In Northern California, firefighters in Chico lined up on the outskirts of the city on Friday morning to try to push the so-called Camp Fire away from homes and subdivisions. The fire erupted on Thursday with towering flames and thick smoke as it quickly scorched 20,000 acres and swallowed buildings in its path.

Wind-Driven Wildfire Prompts Highway 101 Closure, Evacuations in Camarillo Area

The destructive wildfire tore through Paradise, a town of about 26,000, on Thursday as it barreled toward Chico in Butte County. It forced a hospital to evacuate and expanded with such ferocity that some people in their cars jumped out to flee on foot.

Sheltering is available at Pierce College Equestrian Center and the Anisafe trailer, but both were at capacity. Large animal sheltering was opened at Hansen Dam and Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Several Homes Burned, Thousands More Threatened as Woolsey Fire Threatens to Jump 101 Freeway

In Southern California, the Woolsey Fire near Thousand Oaks had consumed 8,000 acres and destroyed at least 75 homes as of Friday morning, state fire officials said. Residents in 75,000 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles counties have been told to evacuate. The blaze began as a brush fire late Thursday and rapidly transformed into a racing inferno.

We have strong gusty winds up to 50 miles an hour, said Bonnie Bartling, a specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard, a city west of Los Angeles, which has also been threatened by fire. We have extremely dry fuels and low relative humidities. Its a bad combination.

The Woolsey Fire delivered a one-two punch for Thousand Oaks, igniting just hours after a gunman opened fire inside a popular country music bar in the city on Wednesday night and killed 12 people. On Friday morning, people who had fled their homes gathered in a shelter set up at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center, which was used the day before as a meeting place for families and friends of shooting victims. Some slept on cots, while others huddled around a television to watch the latest news about the fire.

Homes Threatened: 30,000Evacuations: 45,000 people in Ventura County and 43,000 more in Los Angeles County were ordered to evacuate overnightAcreage: 10,000

High winds and dry conditions fueled the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire through the night and presented tough conditions for the nearly 3,000 firefighters deployed to both blazes.

The Woolsey fire in Ventura and Los Angeles counties has forced evacuations as it threatens tens of thousands of homes in the area. 

Resources For Those Affected By The Borderline Shooting and Hill Fire

Residents in two cities in the north, Inskip and Sterling, were told on Friday morning to evacuate. And after the Woolsey Fire jumped the freeway and quickly expanded up a hill on the other side, the authorities in Ventura County shut down a section of Highway 101, a major artery in the region. Two colleges whose campuses are near that fire, Pepperdine University in Malibu and California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, canceled classes.

Californias governor-elect, Gavin Newsom, declared a state of emergency on Thursday afternoon and asked President Trump for federal assistance for Butte County and Ventura County.

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Mandatory Evacuations Issued As Newbury Park Fire Rages, Portion Of 101 Freeway Reopens

Hill Fire blackens 5,000 to 7,000 acres in Ventura County, threatens structures; Ventura, LA county fight Woolsey Fire south of Simi Valley

A wind-driven vegetation fire that broke out Thursday afternoon in Ventura County prompted authorities to close Highway 101 south of Camarillo and order evacuations.

The fire, which continued to burn late into the night, was reported in the Hill Canyon area of Santa Rosa Valley at about 2 p.m., and quickly charred thousands of acres and jumped Highway 101, which was closed in the area, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

Highway 101 was shut down in both directions between State Route 23 in Thousand Oaks and State Route 34 in Camarillo, according to Caltrans District 7.

Woolsey fire burns homes and grows to 7,500 acres as it tears into Oak Park – Los Angeles Times

However, a second blaze, the Woolsey Fire, caused a two-way closure of Highway 101 in the Agoura Hills area Friday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

The Camarillo-area fire, dubbed the Hill Fire, was fed by 25- to 30-mph winds that pushed flames across Highway 101 and toward Pacific Coast Highway, Ventura County Firespokesman Mike Lindbery said Thursday night.

Long Beach Fire Department strike team sent to battle Hill Fire in Ventura • Long Beach Post

Point Mugu Naval Air Station and a communications array on Laguna Peak were in the fire’s path, he added.

The Ventura County Fire Department estimated the blaze had burned 5,000 to 7,000 acres, a smaller number than an afternoon estimate of 8,000 to 10,000 acres.

The blaze damaged and destroyed structures, outbuildings and vehicles as of Thursday night, but the fire was moving so quickly that agencies had not yet done any damage assessment, Lindbery said in a statement.

As of Thursday night, evacuations were ordered in Camarillo Springs, CSU Channel Islands, Vallecito Mobile Home Park, and the Dos Vientos community. CSU Channel Islands and many Ventura County school districts decided to cancel classes Friday. 

Large Southern California Wildfire Prompts Evacuations

Additional information is available at the Ventura County emergency page,, or by calling 805.465.6650 for updates on road closures, evacuation perimeters and shelters.

Evacuation centers were set up at the Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Road in Newbury Park; the Camarillo Community Center at 1605 East Burnley St.; and Rancho Santa Susana Recreation Center at 5005 Unit C, Los Angeles Ave. in Simi Valley, according to the Red Cross Ventura County chapter. 

The Ventura County Star reported structures were threatened by the Hill Fire, which was burning the same areas affected by the 2013 Springs Fire. 

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department sent a strike team including several brush trucks and a battalion chief to the scene, to assist the firefighting effort, Capt. Dave Zaniboni said.

Wind-driven brush fire erupts near site of Thousand Oaks bar shooting

Other local fire agencies also sent teams to Ventura County, including the Montecito and Carpinteria-Summerland departments. 

Ventura and Los Angeles county officials on Thursday also were dealing with a second incident — the Woolsey Fire — that was burning in Woolsey Canyon east of Simi Valley.

That blaze broke out at about 2:20 p.m. and had charred more than 8,000 acres and threatened hundreds of structures as of 2 a.m. Friday.

The Ventura County Fire Department said Friday morning that “many” homes were lost to flames in that blaze, but a tally was not available.

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Hill and Woolsey fires force evacuations in Ventura County — structures burn in Oak Park

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