California Wildfires Blaze Toward the Pacific, Forcing Evacuation of Malibu
A state of emergency has been declared for Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
A string of wildfires that sparked in Southern California this week are threatening a wide circle of cities—and the typically idyllic, blue sky-blessed town of Malibu is among them. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for the celeb-loved seaside enclave Friday, the same day acting governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles and Ventura counties, citing “the effects of the Hill and Woolsey fires, which have destroyed homes [and] threatened critical infrastructure.”
Photos posted on social media show just how much the fires are affecting Malibu thus far, as thick clouds of smoke fill the usually clear and sunny skies.
According to CBS in Los Angeles, the fires, which broke out on Thursday near Thousand Oaks, have consumed thousands of acres and led to the “unprecedented mandatory evacuation” of much of the city of Malibu. Across Los Angeles and Ventura counties, more than 100,000 people have been asked to leave their homes.
Fueled by strong winds, low humidity, and dry conditions, the fire jumped across a major highway overnight, inching closer to cities that line the coast north of Los Angeles. With that highway closed in both directions, authorities are advising residents to use the Pacific Coast Highway to evacuate south to Santa Monica.
A longtime haven for Hollywood stars, Malibu's Friday evacuations affected a slew of celebs, who took to social media to address the growing wildfires.
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