California Wildfires: Malibu Evacuates, Brush Fire Erupts in Griffith Park

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The brush fire ignited near Hill Canyon in Camarillo at 2:04 p.m., according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

Several structures have been destroyed, thousands of homes are threatened and the entire City of Malibu was under mandatory evacuation orders as the Woolsey Fire burned for its second day Friday.

The brush fire was first reported around 6:30 AM Thursday morning and burned roughly 18,000 acres by midday Thursday.

ABC7.com reports that one of the fires has now scorched 8,000 acres as winds picked up early Friday, with some 75,000 homes under evacuation orders along the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The threat continues Friday morning, with millions of Californians under "red flag" warningsportending windy, arid and warm conditions that pose extreme fire risks.

About two-thirds of the city of Malibu was ordered evacuated early Friday as a ferocious Southern California's wildfire roared toward the beachside community that is home for many Hollywood celebrities.

Ventura County Fire officials say there are 20 to 25 an hour winds.

Fire crews were especially concerned with Highway 101 in the Agoura area Friday morning, where flames began jumping from the north side to the south side of the freeway about 5:30 a.m., KTLA reported.

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About 1:30 a.m., all residents south of the Ventura Freeway between Westlake Boulevard on the west, Mulholland Highway to the south and Las Virgenes Road to the east were told to leave the area immediately, according to Malibu Search and Rescue. Last night it covered just 2,000 acres.

Another fire was burning farther west in Ventura County, also moving toward the ocean.

Residents posted on social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in the Newbury Park area of western Thousand Oaks.

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.

The Los Angeles Police Department was placed on a citywide tactical alert about 12:45 a.m.to ensure all resources are available to assist with any evacuation orders and road closures prompted by the Woolsey Fire, according to a department statement.

Where is the Woolsey Fire spreading to?

Winds were expected to weaken Friday afternoon into Saturday.

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