'Doctor Strange' Director Loses Home in Woolsey Fire

Cheryl Sanders
November 9, 2018

Mass evacuations were ordered in California last night as wildfires spread quickly, fanned by powerful winds.

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.

The 20,000 acre (8,100 hectare) Camp Fire, which started on Thursday near Camp Creek, is being driven west by 35 miles per hour (56 kmh) winds, fire officials said.

The entire city of Malibu was ordered to evacuate Friday morning as well as surrounding areas south of Highway 101, the entire community of Oak Park and sections of Thousand Oaks, according to a Ventura County incident webpage.

At least 75,000 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles counties are under evacuation orders, and some structures have already been destroyed, officials said.


A series of fast-moving wildfires is racing Friday up and down California, destroying thousands of structures and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate through flame-lined streets.

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

The blaze that started Thursday morning east of Paradise and decimated the town also spread to the west. The threat continues Friday morning, with millions of Californians under "red flag" warningsportending windy, arid and warm conditions that pose extreme fire risks. Thousand Oaks is a 30-minute drive north of Malibu.

It reached the edge of Chico, a city of 90,000 people Thursday night.

No injuries had been reported. That includes areas of Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Westlake Village, all in L.A. County.


It has so far consumed between 8,000 to 10,000 acres and forced evacuations for Cal State Channel Islands and the Dos Vientos and Camarillo Springs areas. She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.

Malibu itself - a city of about 12,000 people and known for beachside homes owned by celebrities and millionaires - was put under an evacuation order Friday morning.

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.

Winds were blowing between 25-30 miles per hour and pushed the fire across the freeway onto Conejo Mountain toward the Pacific Coast Highway.

Heavy smoke and strong winds hampered visibility for crews on the firelines and residents trying to evacuate fire zones.


The Los Angeles Police Department was placed on a citywide tactical alert about 12:45 a.m.to ensure all resources are available to assist with any evacuation orders and road closures prompted by the Woolsey Fire, according to a department statement.

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