Woolsey Fire: California blaze advances on Malibu

Ventura County Fire

Ventura County Fire

More than 400 firefighters from Ventura County, Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles and Cal Fire were battling the brush fire.

There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

Winds calmed in some areas and intensified in others Friday morning, National Weather Service forecasts show.

Seven evacuation centers have been set up in response to the Woolsey Fire, with four reportedly at capacity, according to Ventura County website.

The Woolsey Fire broke out about 2:25 p.m. Thursday near the Rocketdyne facility, south of Simi Valley, pushed by strong Santa Ana winds, which have been preventing fire commanders from ordering aerial assaults.

Thousands of people are now being evacuated in Ventura County due to the Woolsey fire that's raging in California.

About 12:30 a.m. Friday, all residents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties north of the Ventura (101) Freeway, south of Bell Canyon Road, west of Valley Circle Boulevard and east of Erbes Road, as well as north of Kanan Road, west of Lindero Canyon to Erbes Road extending north to Sunset Hills Boulevard, were told to evacuate, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

The fire broke out Thursday northwest of Los Angeles and roared southward, jumping the USA 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains. Updated emergency information and incident maps can be found online at www.vcemergency.com.

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As of Thursday evening, it was burning above Cal State University Channel Islands, in the footprint of the 2013 Springs Fire which burned 24,000 acres.

The blaze that started Thursday morning east of Paradise and decimated the town also spread to the west.

"La County Fire Department tweeted: "*URGENT SAFETY MESSAGE* Fire has jumped the 101 fwy near Chesebro and is headed to Ocean Mandatory Evacuations, 101 Fwy to the coast between Las Virgenes Cyn /Malibu Cyn Rd.to the LA County line.

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

To the west in Ventura County, Moorpark College is closed due to the impacts of fire and Wednesday night's deadly mass shooting in nearby Thousand Oaks.

Firefighters cited heavy winds, kicking up to 20 to 25 miles per hour, and hard terrain as challenges in effectively fighting the fire.

A 1,500-acre fire burning near Suisun City in Solano County has not prompted evacuation orders or threatened structures. No roadways were closed as of Friday.

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