NOVEMBER 9, 2018 – FRIDAY – 1400 HOURS PST
VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – A brush fire broke out in the 25000 block of WOOLSEY Canyon Road and in the area of E Street and Alfa Road. This is in northwest San Fernando Valley between the City of Los Angeles, Chatsworth and Simi Valley.
The fire was originally at 10 acres but would explode into 10,000 acres within hours with some reporting the fire consuming acreage the size of a football field within seconds. We call that a major Fire Storm.
Two wildfires: WOOLSEY FIRE and the HILL FIRE are burning about five miles apart from each other. NOTE: We are covering these separately but you may find some combined references due to the sources.
The agencies that have been deployed and are working on this wildfire WOOLSEY FIRE are the following:
- Ventura County Fire and Police Departments
- Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff Departments
- Los Angeles City Fire and Police Department
- CAL FIRE
Fire has burned approximately 14,000 acres. It has been said that it burned through a nuclear accident scene into Malibu.
Unified command partners briefing media on current situation. Mandatory evacuations still in effect. Additional shelter in service at Palisades High School in Malibu.
@VENTURASHERIFF @LAFD @LASDHQ @VCFD_PIO next media briefing is scheduled for 1630 PST. (LA County Fire PIO) Photo Credit: LA CO FD
Western Town, an Old West movie set including “Westworld” at Paramount Ranch in Agoura HIlls is reported to have been destroyed by flames. This site was purchased by Paramount in 1927 and had been used as a western site ever since. (Source: Los Angeles Times. Story –> http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-california-fires-woolsey-hill-camp-western-town-of-paramount-ranch-has-been-1541795090-htmlstory.html)
FIRE JUMPS 101 FREEWAY
The fire jumped the 101 Freeway this morning around 0600 hours PST. Video below shows the firestorm looking more like a runaway train. To keep the Public and First Responders, the freeway has been closed in both directions. Video Credit: VCFD
#CaltransDist7 workers responding to emergency closures observe and appear that the scene appears to be calm – eerily closed #PCH @ Mugu Rock – and devastation – wind-whipped fire destruction – remnants from both the WOOLSEY and HILL FIRES. Photo(s) Credit: CAL TRANS DISTRICT #7
BRUSH CLEARING ACTIVITIES
Fire crews are doing brush clearing activities in and around homes in communities to lessen heavy fire fuels and work to stop the forward progression the wildfires.
For all information related to evacuations, closures and shelters, visitwww.VCEmergency.com or call (805) 465-6650. To register for VC Alert for urgent notifications, visit VCAlert.org. Residents in the area should be prepared to evacuate. For disaster preparedness plans, visitwww.VCReadySetGo.org. (Source: LA County FD PIO)
All of Monte Nido, north to Mulholland. All of Topanga Cyn. for Zones 1 thru 6 evacuate north on Topanga cyn to San Fernando Valley. Zones 7, 8, and 9 are to evacuate south on Topanga Cyn to PCH, then go east. (Posted 11/9/2018 @ 1430 PST) – Source: VCFD PIO.
EVACUATION UPDATE* All of Monte Nido, north to Mulholland. All of Topanga Cyn. for Zones 1 thru 6 evacuate north on Topanga cyn to San Fernando Valley. Zones 7, 8, and 9 are to evacuate south on Topanga Cyn to PCH, then go east. (Posted 11/9/2018 @ 1400 PST) Source – LA CO FD.
EVACUATION AND ALERT ENTIRE CITY/COMMUNITY of Hidden Hills PLEASE EVACUATE Immediately via Valley Circle Blvd towards Chatsworth. (Posted 11/9/2018 @ 1145 PST) – Source: LA County SO
VENTURA COUNTY – Alerts !
Evacuation updates via http://www.cvemergency.com and sign-up for alert VCAlert by texting VCAlert to 313131. (Source: VCFD PIO)
EVACUATION SHELTERS – People
Fire and Law Enforcement remind you to do the following when evacuating: “Prepare a bag containing your ID, Meds, Important docs, emergency supplies & a change of clothes.” (Source: LA County Sheriff’s Office)
St. Mary Magdalen Church. 25 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Camarillo Community Center, 1605 East Burnley Street, Camarillo, CA. (Source: American Red Cross).
Borhard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA. (Source: American Red Cross)
Rancho Santa Susana Rec Center. 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA.
Taft Charter. 5461 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA. (Source: Red Cross)
Pierce College (California). 6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA
EVACUATION SHELTERS – Animal
Evacuation Shelter – Both Small, Large Animals
DACC providing shelter for animals for both HILL and WOOLSEY FIRES. 1) Large Animals: Pierce College. 7100 El Rancho Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Entrance is off of De Soto. 2) Small Animals: Borchard Park. 190 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320. (Next to Newbury Park High School). (Source: DACC)
Evacuation Shelter – Horses
Castle Rock Farms in Moorpark are offering room for horses impacted by both the WOOLSEY and HILL FIRES. They can be reached at 805-552-0201. (Disclaimer: We have no knowledge of this business and do not lie claim that information listed here is an endorsement for this company. Always do your due diligence before making any type of financial agreement or give personal info until you have verified their credentials.-Ed.) – (Source: Castle Rock Farms)
We will be updating on this site as information is received. We would love if you would follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for additional updates.
We are thinking of those in California as they now face a different threat of wildfires after being impacted by the Thousand Oaks shooting. Please keep all in your thoughts and prayers. We thank you for reading and following our Blog. – Ed.
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