California wildfires force hundreds of thousands to evacuate, claim lives

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

According to TMZ, Cait's crib "went up in flames" on Friday as the Woolsey fire burned its way toward Malibu.

The Hill Fire is another battle firefighters in Ventura County are contending with. Finally, some flights began at 5:30 a.m.as the wind died down but within 30 minutes, the wind was picking up again as dawn neared and was expected to be strong until 10 p.m. Friday.

A raging Southern California wildfire has triggered a mandatory evacuation order for the entire beachside city of Malibu. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) A wildfire burns a home near Malibu Lake in Malibu, Calif., Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said a "very significant, unsafe weather pattern" would continue through the end of the weekend.

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The massive California wildfire that forced Kim, Kourtney, and Khloé Kardashian to evacuate their Calabasas homes has unfortunately burned down Caitlyn Jenner's home in Malibu.

"I pray you're all ok", one Twitter user commented. Winds were blowing between 25-30 miles per hour and pushed the fire across the freeway onto Conejo Mountain toward the Pacific Coast Highway. "All residents, from Ventura County Line to the area of the Getty Villa and the Ventura (101) Freeway to the ocean, must evacuate as soon as possible".

The Woolsey Fire appeared to be the more unsafe of the two blazes, and was burning south through the Kanan Road corridor toward Malibu and the ocean.

Officials had also ordered an evacuation of Topanga Canyon as the fire spread to 14,000 acres with no containment.

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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. She had lived in her home since 2015.

Captain Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire near the town of Paradise has grown to almost 110 square miles.

Butte County Cal Fire Chief Darren Read said in a press conference that several hundred buildings, possibly as many as 1,000 or more, were destroyed in the town, which is home to about 27,000 people. Pepperdine University in Malibu also canceled classes. Winds haven't been as strong in fires in the area in the recent past.

In Hidden Hills, just north of Calabasas, Adrienne Janic gave her home over to firefighters late Thursday to use as a command center. By Friday morning the Hill Fire had scorched over 6,100 acres and was threatening a reported 400 structures.

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While no homes or businesses have been lost due to the fast-moving fire, a number of RVs and outbuildings have been burned and a firefighter suffered a minor injury, authorities said.

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