Woolsey Fire: California blaze advances on Malibu

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.

More news: Scientists have forced the fungi to produce electricity
More news: 'Non-Official' Talks With Taliban In Sync With Indian Policy: Centre
More news: Mets fire hitting coach Roessler, bullpen coach Bones

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.

Recommended News

  • Who says we can't fix things? We are closing the ozone hole!

    Who says we can't fix things? We are closing the ozone hole!

    An amendment to the Montreal Protocol that goes into effect next year would cut use of some of those gases. Banned CFC emissions are increasing in China , but the Chinese government has promised to fix the problem.

    Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp engaged

    Congratulations to rocker John Mellencamp and his longtime girlfriend, actress Meg Ryan , who are engaged to be married. The duo have been back together since 2017 - sparking engagement rumors around the same time.
    Barcelona in Champions League

    Barcelona in Champions League

    The more high-profile the opponent, the better Barcelona have played. "Every day I train to show the quality I can add to the team".
  • Protesters In Bay Area, Nationwide Seek To Protect Russia Investigation

    Protesters In Bay Area, Nationwide Seek To Protect Russia Investigation

    West Wing sources said they are "worried" about Trump Jr as they fear Mueller will be able to snare him on perjury. Trump, who denies any collusion, has long complained about the probe, calling it a witch-hunt.
    Danny Ainge Shoots Down Major Boston Celtics Trade Rumor

    Danny Ainge Shoots Down Major Boston Celtics Trade Rumor

    He fed Morris at the top of the 3-point arc, who then handed off to Kyrie Irving who had just streaked in from the backcourt. Saying the Boston Celtics' start to the season has been less than ideal would be a small understatement.
    Norwegian warship hits oil tanker on return from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation  drills

    Norwegian warship hits oil tanker on return from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation drills

    The frigate is part of a Nato fleet in the Atlantic and the alliance has been informed of the accident, he told reporters. Eight people were injured in the crash and the warship's crew of 127 have been evacuated from the listing vessel.
  • How the House was won: Democrats plundered Republican suburbs for votes

    How the House was won: Democrats plundered Republican suburbs for votes

    In Colorado, another purple state, Democrats maintained their hold on the governor's mansion and picked up a suburban House seat. Pelosi suggested that the new majority's emphasis will be more about traditional checks and balances than investigative excess.
    One killed in Melbourne knife rampage terror attack

    One killed in Melbourne knife rampage terror attack

    The knifeman then attacked three people, with one of them dead. "There's no known link to terrorism at this stage". Videos from the scene showed officers arresting the man on the sidewalk immediately after he was shot.

    California shooting: what we know about the gunman

    Multiple people were killed in a mass shooting at a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California , late Wednesday, officials said. Map of California locating shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks. "The second time around doesn't get any easier".
  • SDC 2018: Samsung Innovating in Folding Phones, IoT, Mobile UX

    SDC 2018: Samsung Innovating in Folding Phones, IoT, Mobile UX

    One thing worth noting is that these individual capsules will not be immediately present on Bixby-enabled smartphones. According to The Guardian , Samsung is not the only cellphone manufacturing company creating a foldable phone.
    Formula One confirm Hanoi Grand Prix

    Formula One confirm Hanoi Grand Prix

    It will be the first time that the nation of Vietnam ever hosts an F1 race, and is a moment of pride for Vietnam and indeed the rest of Asia.
    Oil prices drop as 'trifecta of trouble' may cause glut

    Oil prices drop as 'trifecta of trouble' may cause glut

    In May 2018, however, Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement, making a return of sanctions all-but-inevitable. Interested in Iran? Add Iran as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Iran news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.