PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) - Wildfires raged on Friday across California, where five people died in their cars while trying to escape flames engulfing a mountain town, and residents were forced to flee the upscale beach community of Malibu in the face of a monster firestorm.
Officials have ordered an evacuation of Topanga Canyon as the #WoolseyFire has spread to 14,000 acres with no containment
As California residents and first responders cope with wildfires raging across both the northern and southern parts of the state, officials in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties have not one but two fires to battle.
The Hill Fire, which is ablaze across more than 6,000 acres in Ventura County as of Friday, is also headed for the Pacific Ocean.
People living in Malibu, California, are under a mandatory evacuation order due to the fast-moving Woolsey Fire. Follow live updates:
Residents of the city of Malibu, Calif. are under mandatory evacuation orders Friday as the Woolsley Fire heads for populated areas along the Pacific Coast Highway (aka U.S. Route 101) and the Pacific Ocean.
The Woolsey Fire jumped the 101 freeway early Friday as one of three massive wildfires that ignited in the Golden State in just the past two days.
California Acting Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday declared a state of emergency for areas affected by the Woolsey and Hill fires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
Mandatory evacuation issued for Malibu, California, and the “entire area south of 101 Fwy. from Ventura County line to Las Virgenes / Malibu Cyn, southward to the ocean” due to spreading wildfire, city says.
Among those force to flee the Woolsey Fire, which had charred some 35,000 acres (14,164 hectares) as of Friday afternoon, were celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian, who said on Twitter flames had damaged the home she shares in nearby Calabasas with Kanye West.
NASA dropped satellite images of California wildfires that are causing evacuation of Malibu right now & iceberg almost the size of NYC breaking away from Antarctica!
The City of #Malibu is under mandatory evacuation. Full details below. #WoolseyFire @KQEDnews
In Los Angeles, another, smaller fire in Griffith Park forced the Los Angeles Zoo to evacuate a number of show birds and some small primates on Friday as flames came within less than 2 miles (3 km) of the facility, zoo officials said in a statement.
Many longtime Malibu residents have survived similar mandatory evacuations due to wildfires in the past, most notably the devastating 1993 Old Topanga Fire, which claimed the lives of three people, destroyed more than 350 homes, and charred over 18,000 acres.
California needs help 💔 Here is a list of fire evacuation centers and animal shelters (for both large and small animals). And this site links to several places you can donate to help those affected by the #wildfires: #CaliforniaFires #Malibu #WoolseyFire
#BREAKING Entire city of Malibu under mandatory evacuation order due to relentless #WoolseyFire
ALERT: All of the City of Malibu is under a mandatory evacuation order. If you live in the area, please safely and quickly leave.
Malibu officials say they cant remember such a widespread evacuation of the coastal community ever happening before. 200,000 people now under evacs in the area.
URGENT: MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER FOR MALIBU 👇👇👇#SoCalFiresJamesWoods
The death toll is expected to climb, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott McLean, because flames have blocked search and rescue crews from looking for victims in destroyed homes.
BREAKING: Officials have ordered the evacuation of the California beachside community of Malibu as a wildfire approaches it.