Southern California fires: 2 dead, hundreds of homes destroyed, nearly 100,000 acres burned

The Woolsey Fire burn zone as of 7 a.m. Nov. 13, 2018. (Via KPCC Fire Tracker)

The wildfires sweeping across Southern California have destroyed hundreds of homes, killed at least two people and injured several more, and ravaged beloved landmarks and park space.

Here’s the latest on the Woolsey Fire burning near Malibu as of Tuesday.

Thousands of firefighters remain on the line Tuesday, working to contain the fire, which has burned more than 96,000 acres and destroyed hundreds of homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties since Thursday afternoon.

The fire started north of Bell Canyon and rapidly moved south through the Santa Monica Mountains, jumping the 101 Freeway and tearing through hillside communities in Malibu, eventually burning all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

Two people were found dead Friday afternoon in the 3300 block of Mullholland Highway, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators believe the driver may have become disoriented while escaping the area, but the investigation is ongoing.

The National Weather Service extended its Red Flag warning through 5 p.m. Wednesday for Ventura County, the mountains of Los Angeles County and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. The warning for the LA coast from Malibu to the Hollywood Hills remains in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday.

On Monday night, fire officials said the Woolsey Fire had scorched more than 80 percent of the total national park lands in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

National Park Service officials responded to a flood of inquiries about the condition of wildlife in the mountains, saying the home range of four local bobcats have been completely destroyed. They added that some of the mountain lions biologists are tracking have not yet been accounted for, but said that wasn’t out of the ordinary given how the cougars are monitored.

President Donald Trump meanwhile said he had approved an expedited request for a Major Disaster Declaration, which would open up federal funds to assist fire-ravaged California.

“Wanted to respond quickly in order to alleviate some of the incredible suffering going on,” Trump tweeted Monday. “I am with you all the way. God Bless all of the victims and families affected.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced several evacuation orders will be lifted at 9 a.m.

Meanwhile, the community of Topanga and the city of Malibu remain under evacuation orders.


BY THE NUMBERS

  • 96,314 acres burned
  • Containment at 35%
  • 2 deaths reported
  • 3 firefighters injured
  • At least 435 structures destroyed and 35 damaged
  • 57,000 structures threatened
  • About 3,590 firefighting personnel on scene


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

For the latest information straight from local emergency officials, including evacuation orders, road closures, evacuation centers and animal shelters, check the following sites and social media accounts:

Cal Fire Incident Information
Cal Fire on Twitter
Los Angeles County Emergency Information
Ventura County Emergency Information
Los Angeles County Fire Public Information Officer on Twitter
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Twitter
Ventura County Fire Public Information Officer on Twitter
The National Weather Service Los Angeles on Twitter

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