Wildfire triggers evacuation order for Malibu

Thirty-thousand people have been evacuated so far and the number of evacuees is expected to rise as embers push ahead of the fire.

An 10,000 acre plus brush fire known as the Hill Fire is burning out of control on the Conejo Grade, north of Newbury Park. Evacuation orders in the Hidden Hills area of Los Angeles County were also downgraded to voluntary.

CAL Fire reports the fire is about 8,000 to 10,000 acres at this time.

In Los Angeles, a brush fire broke out near Griffith Park on Friday morning, behind the Los Angeles Zoo.

Several evacuation sites were giving protective masks for residents, Ventura County Emergency Services said, although there were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries.

The Woolsey fire started on Thursday afternoon south of the city of Simi Valley, Ventura County officials said. Our community does NOT KNOW to get out and PCH is now gridlocked for miles.

Driven by 50 to 60 miles per hour wind gusts the brush fire is zero percent contained and also jumped Highway 101 near Chesebro Road in Agoura Hills on Friday morning. There are Red Flag warnings in effect for parts of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

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".

Firefighters from Ventura and Los Angeles counties also continue to battle the Woolsey Fire under a unified command as it burns toward the coast.

Ventura County Fire Department tweeted that intense winds fueled the fire overnight, leading it to jump 101.

The fire had crossed USA 101 a few miles east of Thousand Oaks - the site of Wednesday night's bar shooting massacre - and was headed south to the Pacific coast, in the direction of Malibu Creek State Park, the city of Malibu and Pepperdine University, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

For the latest updates, visit the Ventura County Fire Department, Public Information Officer Twitter here. The north and southbound lanes of the 101 freeway near Santa Rosa Road.

Fire officials ordered the evacuation of large swaths of the beachside city of Malibu Friday as a raging fire jumped the US 101 Freeway west of Los Angeles and raced toward the sea and the community famed for its surf and celebrity homes.

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.

Wind gusts of up to 77 miles per hour were reported in Los Angeles County on Friday morning.

Responders are still assessing how many structures were lost, but the priority Friday was life safety and making sure people get evacauted from threatened areas, he said.

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