Fire officials ordered the evacuation of large swaths of the beachside city of Malibu Friday as a raging fire jumped the US 101 Freeway west of Los Angeles and raced toward the sea and the community famed for its surf and celebrity homes.
The fire has already jumped Highway 101 and at this time more than 75,000 homes are already under evacuation in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
- Crews were battling multiple wind-driven brush fires on Friday, leaving several structures damaged, forcing thousand of homes to evacuate and closing some area schools and roadways. In Northern California, a blaze visible by satellite consumed the town of Paradise on Thursday and had burned almost 110 square miles by Friday morning.
The Woolsey Fire triggered a mandatory evacuation order for the entire beachside city of Malibu. Last night it covered just 2,000 acres.
She's been in the home since 2015, and she's had to deal with natural disaster issues before. "I pray everyone is safe", she wrote.
The Los Angeles county fire department tweets that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!"
A wildfire that moved so fast that firefighters couldn't hope to stop it quadrupled in size Friday after destroying several thousand buildings and leveling much of a Northern California town of almost 30,000 people, authorities said.
Caitlyn Jenner's Malibu house has reportedly burned down in the Woolsey Fire.
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Video of her drive out of town shows the fire emitting an orange-red glow in the distance in the nighttime sky.
The Woolsey Fire is not far from the Hill Fire, which quickly spread to 10,000 acres on Thursday.
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.
Scott Maclean, the state's forestry and fire protection spokesman, said a number of civilians and firefighters had been injured in the fire north of Sacramento but it would be days before the authorities knew whether anyone had died.
Fire officials anticipate the fire will reach the Pacific Ocean.
Wind gusts of up to 77 miles per hour were reported in Los Angeles County on Friday morning.
Evacuation orders are in effect for Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley.
Winds were expected to weaken Friday afternoon into Saturday.