Two Major Fires Burning in Ventura County


"It's a mandatory evacuation, what that means is, you don't have to leave, we want you to leave", Ventura County Fire spokesman Rich Macklan told CBS2 early Friday.

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

About 2:30 a.m., all evacuation orders in the city of Los Angeles were changed from mandatory to voluntary, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Thousands of residents just outside Los Angeles have been ordered to evacuate immediately as a massive wildfire advances, fanned by strong winds. The Calabasas campus is also evacuated.

All schools in the Las Virgines Unified School District in Calabasas were closed Friday.

The latest numbers estimate the Hill fire has burned over 10,000 acres.

California Lutheran University had already canceled Friday classes due to the shooting.

Meanwhile officials in northern California say a wildfire that devastated a town of 27,000 is moving north and have ordered people in two Sierra Nevada foothill communities to leave their homes.

It had burned 8,000 acres and there was no containment or expected containment, according to a Ventura County Fire Department update at 3:30 a.m.

The flames are being driven by southern California's notorious Santa Ana winds, which blow from the northeast toward the coast.

"This fire moved so fast and grew so fast a lot of people got caught by it".

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

The blaze, known as the Woolsey Fire, is spreading south, has jumped a major highway and is now threatening coastal areas including parts of Malibu.

In Southern California, strong Santa Ana winds were fanning two fires, including the Woolsey Fire, which by Friday morning had burned across USA 101 and was heading in the direction of Malibu.

A second fire has been burning in the Santa Rosa Valley east of Camarillo, west of Simi Valley near Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks.

No fatalities have been reported as of Thursday evening and 15,000 homes remain under threat.

Local news reporter Tom Wait of CBS2 described the fire as "apocalyptic" with ember and ash raining down from the flames.