Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

California wildfires destroy thousands of structures and force emergency evacuations

California wildfires destroy thousands of structures and force emergency evacuations

"The fires broke out less than 24 hours after a mass murder at a popular Thousand Oaks restaurant/bar, where the suspect killed 12 people including a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Ron Helus, before killing himself", Hoover said in a statement.

One of the fires broke out Thursday north-west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the United States 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Los Angeles and Ventura county fire departments say multiple buildings have been destroyed or damaged, but exact numbers were not available early Friday.

The National Weather Service now predicts heavy winds throughout Friday morning could potentially help spread the blaze.

Melissa Etheridge was also forced to evacuate, and tweeted that she was safe in Santa Monica.

California Acting Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday declared a state of emergency for areas affected by the Woolsey and Hill fires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

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Housley later asked for prayers on social media and said he was "staying positive and wishing there was more I could do". The only victim who has been publicly identified is Ventura County Police Sergeant Ron Helus.


Late Thursday, more than 2,200 firefighters were battling the flames and the fire remains uncontained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

The fire was driven by heavy winds last night.

She's been in the home since 2015, and she's had to deal with natural disaster issues before. She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.

Sparking about 6:30 a.m. Thursday near Pulga Road in Butte County, the Camp Fire was reported at 70,000 acres with 5 percent containment as of Cal Fire's 8:35 a.m. Friday incident report.

No fatalities have been reported in two southern California wildfires.

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

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A perimeter map shows the boundaries of the Hill Fire burning Friday in Ventura County.

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

Only a day after it began, the fire near the town of Paradise had grown to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers).

Dettorre is concerned that as the fire crosses the freeway "it will make its historic and typical run all the way down Pacific Coast Highway".

Under dry, Santa Ana conditions, once again California is ablaze.

The flames are now threatening coastal areas further south, fire officials said.

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Winds were expected to weaken Friday afternoon into Saturday.

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