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Long Beach Fire Department strike team sent to battle Hill Fire in Ventura • Long Beach Post Down the road from the Thousand Oaks shooting, people are being evacuated because of a wildfire
Guillermo Jimenez | 10 November, 2018, 01:54

Almost 150,000 residents in Southern California have been ordered to evacuate as the Hill and Woolsey Fires move westward toward the Pacific Ocean.

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

"There was really no firefight involved", said Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, explaining that crews gave up on attacking the flames and instead helped people evacuate.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has issued mandatory evacuation orders south of the 101 freeway to Mulholland Highway.

On Thursday at 2:25 p.m., a second brush fire ignited in the area of Rocketdyne, south of the City of Simi Valley, called the Woolsey Fire.

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The California Office of Emergency Services has confirmed multiple people have died as a result of the 70,000-acre Camp Fire raging in Butte County since Thursday, but no official count or estimate regarding fatalities has been announced. Some structures have already been destroyed, Cal Fire reported.

Dettorre is concerned that as the fire crosses the freeway "it will make its historic and typical run all the way down Pacific Coast Highway".

"It was insane, because when we were sitting in traffic people were panicking", she said.

Residents took to social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in Newbury Park, which borders Thousands Oaks to the west. She and her husband eventually were able to drive away safely.

It reached the edge of Chico, a city of 90,000 people Thursday night.

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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.

Late Thursday, more than 2,200 firefighters were battling the flames and the fire remains uncontained, according to Cal Fire.

Howling Santa Ana winds were driving the Woolsey and Hill fires.

Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said a "very significant, risky weather pattern" would continue through the end of the weekend.

They were joined by 150,000 residents in Southern California, who were also told to leave their homes as the fire kept on spreading. Evacuating residents were being directed south of PCH toward Santa Monica, creating a snarl of vehicles along the normally scenic coastal route.

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NWS said wind guests of 50 to 70mph were expected to lash the mountains in Ventura County.

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