Southern California fires force evacuation of Malibu

The city of Malibu is under a mandatory evacuation order as the Woolsey fire threatens the communities of Calabasas and Malibu, covering as much as 8,000 acres as of Friday morning.

The Woolsey Fire erupted about 2:30 p.m. Thursday near Simi Valley in Ventura County and grew to 2,000 acres by 6 p.m.

As of 5:30 a.m. ET, the fire was 0% contained.

The Southern California beach city of Malibu and its surrounding areas are under mandatory evacuation orders this morning as one of two fires that started Thursday afternoon in the region spread massively overnight, fueled by Santa Ana winds and ultra-dry conditions.

Heavy smoke and strong winds hampered visibility for crews on the firelines and residents trying to evacuate fire zones.

Malibu public schools are also closed. The north and southbound lanes of the 101 freeway near Santa Rosa Road.

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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. Voluntary evacuations have been added in Ventura County for Lake Sherwood and the area south of Highway 101 and north of Potrero Rd. between Westlake Blvd. and Wendy Dr.in Thousand Oaks. That includes areas of Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Westlake Village, all in L.A. County.

The Ventura County Fire Department reports structures, outbuildings, and vehicles have been damaged and destroyed.

Calabasas city officials advised residents not under mandatory evacuation orders to prepare to leave by gathering their IDs, medications, important documents, emergency supplies and a change of clothes.

Two fires are just miles from the bar where 12 people were killed in a mass shooting in Southern California's Thousand Oaks, and one has forced evacuations in Malibu, a seaside city popular with celebrities.

"We've been pushing this and pushing this", CalFire Capt. Scott McLean said in a phone interview early Friday morning. We want people to leave early, when firefighters ask you to, because firefighting equipment needs to come in and do their work.

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