MALIBU—The Woolsey Fire has grown to 35,000 acres, as it continues destroys land, structures and homes from Simi Valley to Malibu.
The fire started on Thursday, November 8 at 2:25 p.m. after a brush fire was ignited in the area of Rocketdyne, south of Simi Valley, as reported by the Ventura County Emergency Information. Highway 101 in both directions at Valley Circle to Reyes Adobe and the Pacific Coast Highway have been closed.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department issued mandatory evacuations for the entire city of Malibu and areas south of the 101, from the Ventura line to Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon, and southward towards the Pacific Ocean. Pacific Coast Highway is being recommended by the city of Malibu, as a way for residents to evacuate.
For residents evacuating, the American Red Cross has informed the city of Malibu that the nearest evacuation center for residents of Malibu will be Palisades High School on Bowdoin Street in Pacific Palisades. Residents with large animals can evacuate their animals to the Zuma Beach parking lot in Malibu and to Hansen Dam Equestrian Center on Orcas Avenue in Lake View Terrace.
The Woolsey Fire has caused power outages in the Tuna Canyon and Civic Center area of Malibu. A number of traffic signals are not properly working as a result of the fire. The fire has already destroyed the Malibu home of Caitlyn Jenner and has ignited on the property of the home that ABC films the reality series “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” Many celebrities have reacted to the fire via social media including Will Smith, Kim Kardashian West and Lil Pump.
Firefighters are working against heavy winds and low visibility to contain the fire. A Firehawk helicopter from the L.A. County Fire Department Air Operations Section, has been flying along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu in an effort to protect residents and their property. In a video released by the LACoFireAirOps, a local swimming pool is being used by the Firehawk to help battle the blaze.
In a tweet released Friday, November 9, the National Weather Service stated that the next Santa Ana winds event will bring continued critical Red Flag conditions to Los Angeles and Ventura counties from Sunday, November 11 through Tuesday, November 13. Wind gusts are expected to reach 40 to 55 miles per hour.