Wildfire triggers evacuation order for Malibu

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for the Woolsey Fire south of the 101 Freeway to the coast - from the Ventura/LA County line east to Malibu Canyon Road, including areas in Malibu.

Firefighters are also working to contain a northern California fire - dubbed the "Camp Fire" - as it threatens thousands of homes and forced an emergency declaration to be placed in the city of Paradise.

Approximately 75,000 homes are under evacuation orders throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

No estimate was given on the number of structures destroyed but the Fire Department did say there were "many". Early Friday morning, CalFire said it had burned 10,000 acres, or about 15 square miles.

Around 10,000 acres of land was torched in the blaze by Thursday night, fire officials said.

Almost 2,300 fire personnel are battling the blaze.

Early Friday morning, the wildfire jumped the 101 in Ventura County into Agoura Hills, closing a 4-mile stretch of the highway.

Heavy smoke and strong winds hampered visibility for crews on the firelines and residents trying to evacuate fire zones. 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. "It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us".

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Santa Barbara County fire agencies sent strike teams to help fight the Ventura County fires and local law enforcement agencies sent personnel south to help evacuate residents and staff road closures, sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said Friday.

Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean said a couple of thousand structures were destroyed in the town about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

The threat continues Friday morning, with more than 20 million people under red flag warnings.

The Hill Fire started not far from the Thousand Oaks bar where 12 people were killed in a mass shooting.

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. "Threatening more homes, more property, more lives".

The Los Angeles Fire Department reported at 7:53 a.m. Friday that a brush fire has also broken out in Griffith Park, near the zoo.

The fire overnight jumped the 101 Freeway in the western end of Los Angeles County, forcing a shutdown of the major artery after drivers in some cases were forced to make U-turns and drive the opposite direction to avoid flames.

Multiple injuries have been reported by both civilians and firefighters, Cal Fire spokesman John Gaddie said. At one point, the unrelenting flames burned about 2,000 acres per hour taking down everything - big box stores, homes, and businesses - in its path.

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