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Malibu Evacuated Due to California Woolsey Fire

Malibu Evacuated Due to California Woolsey Fire”

At least 200 deputies will be in the five Los Angeles County cities effected by the fire - Westlake Village, Hidden Hills, Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Malibu - doing property evaluations and looking for any possible looters, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Chief John Benedict said. It's believed the victims were overcome by the Camp Fire when they were in their cars.

A brush fire that was first reported at 2:00pm on Thursday afternoon, it's quickly grown in size as well.

The fire then pushed southward, jumped the wide USA 101 freeway before dawn Friday and pushed into the Santa Monica range.

Known as the Hill fire, it here has crossed U.S. Highway 101, at center right, potentially threatening hundreds of homes.

Residents have now been ordered to evacuate from several more towns to the west of Thousand Oaks, including Calabasas immediately south of Highway 101 and Malibu on the coast, as well as from the western edge of Los Angeles.

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One of the dead, Telemachus Orfanos, had survived the mass shooting at a country music concert in October 2017 in Las Vegas that killed 58 people, the worst such incident in modern USA history, ABC News said, citing a friend. "I pray everyone is safe", she said.

As more towns are evacuated in the fire's wake, it has left Paradise, California completely devastated.

The Los Angeles and Ventura County fire departments say multiple buildings have been destroyed or damage, but exact numbers are not available early Friday. Fire officials said it could take days to figure out how many people died.

A former US Marine combat veteran opened fire in a bar packed with college students in the town on Wednesday night, killing 12 people and stunning a leafy community with a reputation for safety.

California Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci said at a Friday news conference that 52,000 people had been evacuated on Northern California.

Sheen said this was the worst fire he had seen in 48 years of living in Malibu.

Accidents gridlocked routes out of the town and residents abandoned their cars and fled on foot carrying children and pets, Reuters quoted local officials as saying.

The Woolsey Fire, the blaze now causing the most concern for firefighters, was up to 7,500 acres around 1:30 a.m. local time, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. Almost 75,000 homes are under evacuation orders and at least 30,000 are at risk. At the hospital in Paradise, more than 60 patients were evacuated to other facilities.

Thousands are also without power in the region, which is just north of Sacramento.

That sentiment was echoed by Paradise resident, Jackie Blome, who posted an emotional tour on Facebook of the town. "You could feel it".

The investigation into what drove Ian David Long, 28, to kill was continuing even as the city about 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Los Angeles was under threat from one of three major wildfires burning in the state.

For a list of evacuations, shelter and resources on official information about the Camp Fire, see our list here. "We put a couple bikes in the back in case we had to abandon the auto, and now all we can do is sit here and watch it on TV".

"We heard this was coming so we set up on the sprinklers and we hosed the whole house down", said Patrick Henry, a Malibu resident.



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