Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

At least five killed attempting to flee Northern California wildfire

At least five killed attempting to flee Northern California wildfire

More than 157,000 people across the state have been forced to flee their homes as the fires close in on residential areas, putting more lives in danger.

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

Eleanor Southwick, 78, evacuated Paradise as the devastating Camp Fire hit the northern California city on Thursday.

The threat continued Friday morning, with millions of Californians under "red flag" warningsportending windy arid and warm conditions that pose extreme fire risks.

No fatalities have been reported in two southern California wildfires.

California is now being devastated by three separate wildfire blazing through the state, due to high winds and low humidity.

"We have over 300 Los Angeles County firefighters here, and as mentioned collectively, that's going to grow, as we continue to battle this fire, as it is headed to the Pacific Ocean", Richardson said. The crew, which is certified to fight fires around the nation, has been working since the spring, said Utah County Fire Capt. Jamie Nelson.

Evacuation orders included the entire city of Malibu, which is home to 13,000, among them some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Several areas were under mandatory evacuation orders, including the Naval Base Ventura County's facility in Point Mugu, located near Oxnard, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

The director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services says another fire in northern California has claimed lives.

The Woosley Fire exploded from 2,000 acres to 8,000 in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in a matter of hours Thursday night into Friday. CBS in Sacramento reported at 7:02 a.m. that a spokesperson for CAL FIRE said the fire had grown to about 70,000 acres. "I don't know what we are coming back to after this".

Captain Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire near the town of Paradise has grown to almost 110 square miles. Additionally, at least 2,000 structures have been destroyed, while 15,000 remain threatened, filling shelters and closing roads across the area.

Captain Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire near the town of Paradise has grown to almost 110 square miles.

Motorists began abandoning their cars, fleeing on foot with their children in tow.

The three wildfires, which range from 180 miles northeast of San Francisco to the Santa Rosa Valley in Southern California, come as California recovers from other wildfires that have devastated parts of the state in previous months.

Wildfires also broke out in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles, causing evacuations and burning about 12,000 acres.

Voluntary evacuations of 75,000 homes had already been called for because of the Woolsey fire that affected parts of Thousand Oaks, the site of a shooting massacre this week. On Friday, it climbed over the Santa Monica Mountains toward Malibu. Los Angeles Fire Department Public Information Officer Erik Scott says the blaze has destroyed or damaged many buildings.

Thousands were evacuated, including from schools and hospitals.

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