Moving wildfire triggers evacuation order for Malibu

A Santa Barbara County fire truck doing structure protection at the Hill Fire in Camarillo

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"But people know they can't get back in once they do leave".

"Cal-Fire is working very hard to protect structures, my deputies and law enforcement officers have come in with to assist us with mutual aid the California Highway Patrol, law enforcement from all over NorCal are working to not only make sure the areas that are evacuated that we're getting people out, we've got around 400 requests to go out and check on people or attempt to contact people who haven't been able to check-in with their loved ones, so we're in the process of doing that", explained the sheriff.

The fire then pushed southward, jumped the wide USA 101 freeway before dawn Friday and pushed into the Santa Monica range.

A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

Fire officials ordered the evacuation of large swaths of the beachside city of Malibu Friday as a raging fire jumped the US 101 Freeway west of Los Angeles and raced toward the sea and the community famed for its surf and celebrity homes. Television reports showed several homes on fire in the Oak Park community, while authorities shut down the 101 Freeway in both directions at Camarillo Springs Road.

Local news reporter Tom Wait of CBS2 described the fire as "apocalyptic" with ember and ash raining down from the flames.

Evacuations in Hidden Hills and all portions in the City of Los Angeles have been revised from mandatory to voluntary, the Fire Department stated.

A large animal evacuation center was also launched in Malibu.

Strong wind is blowing two brush fires out of control in Ventura County, and one of them has closed a section of Highway 101. That includes areas of Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Westlake Village, all in L.A. County. By nightfall, it had consumed more than 28 square miles and firefighters had no containment, McLean said.

Wildfires raging west of Los Angeles have forced school closures.

"If you're in an affected area and have been ordered to evacuate, evacuate", the statement said.

However there were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries.

"It's been a roller coaster", one Oak Park resident told CBS2, explaining he chose to stay behind and watch over his neighbors' homes in the area of Kellwood Ct. and Churchwood Dr. and had the utmost faith in firefighters. "There's not a lot of buffer here but these guys are just awesome".

Firefighters cited heavy winds, kicking up to 20 to 25 miles per hour, and hard terrain as challenges in effectively fighting the fire.

An evacuation center was established at Taft High School at 5461 Winnetka Woodland Hills.

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.

More than 75,000 homes were already under evacuation order in Ventura and Los Angeles counties due to the Woolsey Fire, reported at 3:30 8,000 acres with 0 percent containment, before it had jumped Highway 101.

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