Overview of Southern California Wildfires

Below you will find intelligence updates as our team of expert analysts continuously track the wildfires. These alerts provide a glimpse into one of 11 categories covered by WorldAware intelligence-driven risk management services.

 

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November 20: Update 10 | Warning Alert: Most evacuations lifted in southern Calif., US, Nov. 20, amid increased containment of Woolsey Fire.

November 17: Update 9 | Warning Alert: Woolsey Fire 88-percent contained Nov. 18. All evacuations lifted in Ventura County, Calif., US; localized disruptions ongoing.

November 16: Update 8 | Warning Alert: Woolsey Fire nearly 70-percent contained in southern Calif., US, Nov. 16. Evacuations maintained in the Santa Monica Mountains.

November 15: Update 7 | Warning Alert: Officials lift some additional evacuation orders in southern Calif., US, amid increased containment of the Woolsey Fire, Nov. 15.

November 14: Update 6 | Critical Alert: Crews contain nearly half of the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Several evacuations lifted Nov. 14.

November 13: Update 5 | Critical Alert: Crews continue to battle fires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, Calif., US. Spot fire reignites in Carlisle Canyon.

November 12: Update 4 | Critical Alert: Wildfires continue to burn in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

November 11: Update 3Critical Alert: Wildfires continue to burn in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, Calif., US. Expect transport, power supply disruptions.

November 10: Update 2 | Critical Alert: Wildfires continue to burn in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, Calif., US, Nov. 10. Expect transport, power supply disruptions. 


UPDATE 10: Most evacuations lifted in southern Calif., US, Nov. 20, amid increased containment of Woolsey Fire.

  • Incident: Wildfire (Woolsey)
  • Location: Los Angeles and Ventura counties, California 
  • Start Date: Nov. 8
  • Impact: Lingering evacuations; transport disruptions; power outages; property damage

 

Summary
 

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Firefighters continue clean-up operations within the Woolsey Fire perimeter as the wildfire complex nears total containment. As of Nov. 20, the fire has burned approximately 39,235 hectares (96,949 acres) of land and was 96-percent contained. Crews hope to have the fire totally controlled by Nov. 22, barring any unanticipated flare-ups.

The Woolsey Fire has destroyed at least 1,500 residential and commercial structures. Damage assessments are nearly completed; however, some additional infrastructure losses could be confirmed in the coming days. Officials have stated that three people were killed, and three others injured due to the blaze.

Evacuations
Officials believe that no additional structures are threatened by the blaze, and most areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties have been repopulated. Some communities in the Santa Monica Mountains between SR-1 (Pacific Coast Highway) and Mulholland Highway (between Las Virgenes Road and the county line) remain under mandatory evacuation orders as of Nov. 20. Officials have closed all emergency shelters in the two counties.

Transport
The Woolsey Fire continues to prompt localized transport disruptions in Los Angeles County as of Nov. 20. SR-1 (Pacific Coast Highway) remains closed to southbound traffic at the Los Angeles-Ventura county line. Officials also maintain a highway closure along SR-23 between SR-1 and Carlisle Road. Several additional secondary road closures are ongoing within the wildfire perimeter and the evacuation zones. Anticipate congestion on alternative routes in the affected area over the coming days as firefighting operations come to an end.

Advice
Continue to heed all remaining evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if operating near the affected area; allow additional time to reach destinations due to road closures and congestion. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. Charge battery-powered devices in case of prolonged power outages.


UPDATE 9: Woolsey Fire 88-percent contained Nov. 18. All evacuations lifted in Ventura County, Calif., US; localized disruptions ongoing.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

This alert began 18 Nov 2018 17:37 GMT and is scheduled to expire 22 Nov 2018 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Wildfire (Woolsey)
  • Location: Los Angeles and Ventura counties, California (map)
  • Start Date: Nov. 8
  • Impact: Evacuations; transport disruptions; power outages; property damage

 

Summary

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Crews continue to increase containment of the Woolsey Fire in southern California. As of early Nov. 18, the fire has burned approximately 39,235 hectares (96,949 acres) of land and was nearly 90-percent contained. Although the wildfire is largely controlled, officials have delayed the estimated total containment date to Nov. 22. Firefighters will remain on site to conduct mop up operations and ensure hot spots are fully extinguished over the coming days.

As of Nov. 18, the Woolsey Fire has destroyed at least 1,130 structures; however, official damage assessments have yet to be finalized, and loss figures could still rise. Officials have confirmed that three people were killed, and three others injured due to the blaze.

Evacuations
Officials believe that no additional structures are threatened by the blaze, meaning that most evacuation orders have - or likely will be - lifted in the coming days. Authorities have lifted all mandatory evacuations in Ventura County, and many areas of Malibu. Despite this, the following areas in and around the Santa Monica Mountains remain under evacuation orders as of Nov. 18:

  • Malibu: Pepperdine University; Corral Canyon Park; areas west of Ramirez Canyon Road
  • Malibu Lake
  • Several neighborhoods south of Mulholland Highway

Evacuation shelters remain open at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Pierce College in Woodland Hills, and Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades.

Transport
The wildfires have prompted transport disruptions in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties. SR-1 (Pacific Coast Highway) is closed to northbound traffic at the Winding Way in Malibu; southbound lane closures are also ongoing at the Los Angeles-Ventura county line. Officials also maintain a highway closure along SR-23 between SR-1 and Carlisle Road. Several additional road closures are ongoing within the wildfire perimeter and the evacuation zones.

Anticipate congestion on alternative routes in the affected area; the status of highways and secondary roads is likely to change in the coming days due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Low visibility from smoke and possible ashfall could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.


Advice
Continue to heed all remaining evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if operating near the affected area; allow additional time to reach destinations due to road closures and congestion. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. Charge battery-powered devices in case of prolonged power outages.
 


UPDATE 8: Woolsey Fire nearly 70-percent contained in southern Calif., US, Nov. 16. Evacuations maintained in the Santa Monica Mountains.

  • Incident: Wildfire (Woolsey)
  • Location: Los Angeles and Ventura counties, California
  • Start Date: Nov. 8
  • Impact: Evacuations; transport disruptions; power outages; property damage

 

Summary

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Firefighters continue to make significant progress in containing the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. As of Nov. 16, the fire has burned 39,805 hectares (98,362 acres) of land and was nearly 70-percent contained. Improved weather conditions, with higher humidity levels and cooler temperatures over the wildfire complex, should allow crews to achieve total containment by Nov. 19.

Estimates indicate that the Woolsey Fire has destroyed at least 616 structures; however, official damage assessments are only 57-percent complete, and loss figures could rise in the coming days. An additional 57,000 structures remain threatened by the blaze. Three civilian fatalities and three firefighter injuries have been confirmed as of Nov. 15.

Evacuations
Officials have allowed for the partial repopulation of several communities near, and within, the wildfire burn complex in recent days. Despite this, the following areas in and around the Santa Monica Mountains remain under evacuation orders as of Nov. 16:

  • Malibu: Pepperdine University; Puerco Canyon Road; Corral Canyon Park; Malibu Beach RV Park; Malibu Canyon Road north of Civic Center Way
  • Malibu Lake
  • Monte Nido
  • Area east of Las Posas Road, South of Potrero Road, SR-1, and the Los Angeles-Ventura county line (SR-1 open to residents only)
  • Neighborhoods south of Mulholland Highway

Several evacuation shelters have been established for displaced residents at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Pierce College in Woodland Hills, and Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades.

Transport
The wildfires have prompted transport disruptions in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties. SR-1 (Pacific Coast Highway) is closed to northbound traffic at the Carbon Canyon Road in Malibu; southbound lane closures are also ongoing at Las Posas Road. Officials also maintain a highway closure along SR-23 between SR-1 and Carlisle Road. Several additional road closures are ongoing within the wildfire perimeter and the evacuation zones.

Anticipate congestion on alternative routes in the affected area; the status of highways and secondary roads is likely to change in the coming days due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Low visibility from smoke and possible ashfall could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

Advice
Continue to heed all remaining evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if operating near the affected area; allow additional time to reach destinations due to road closures and congestion. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. Charge battery-powered devices in case of prolonged power outages.

 


UPDATE 7: Officials lift some additional evacuation orders in southern Calif., US, amid increased containment of the Woolsey Fire, Nov. 15.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

This alert began 15 Nov 2018 22:17 GMT and is scheduled to expire 19 Nov 2018 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Wildfires (Hill and Woolsey)
  • Location: Los Angeles and Ventura counties, California 
  • Start Date: Nov. 8
  • Impact: Evacuations; transport disruptions; power outages; property damage

Summary

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With improved weather conditions benefiting firefighting efforts, crews continue to make progress in controlling two wildfires in Southern California. As of Nov. 15, the Hill Fire near Newbury Park in Ventura County was about 97-percent contained, and crews are now mostly focused on the much larger Woolsey Fire. Recent estimates indicate that the Woolsey Fire has burned 39,805 hectares (98,362 acres) of land in Ventura and Los Angeles counties since it ignited on Nov. 8. The fire was approximately 57-percent contained as of Nov. 15, and officials hope to have the entire blaze controlled by Nov. 19.

Weak onshore winds will allow cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels to develop over the wildfire complex. These conditions should allow firefighters to continue increasing containment percentages over the coming days. The National Weather Service has discontinued all red flag warnings in southern California as of Nov. 15.

President Donald J. Trump approved a major disaster declaration for California on Nov. 12 that will allow the allocation of federal funding and resources to assist with the wildfire response and recovery. Preliminary estimates indicate that the Woolsey Fire has destroyed 504 structures; however, official damage assessments are only 25-percent complete, and loss figures could rise in the coming days. An additional 57,000 structures remain threatened by the blaze. Two civilian fatalities and three firefighter injuries have been confirmed as of Nov. 15.

Evacuations
Officials have lifted all evacuation orders associated with the Hill Fire as of Nov. 15. Because of the increased containment of the Woolsey Fire, repopulation efforts continue to expand in parts of Ventura and Los Angeles. Starting at 1400 Nov. 15, residents in the following areas of Malibu will be permitted to return to their homes:

  • Area along SR-1 (Pacific Coast Highway) between Webb Way and the 25700 block of SR-1 (east of Corral Canyon)
  • From the Pacific Ocean northward to the Malibu city limits
  • Malibu Road and Malibu Colony neighborhoods

The following areas remain under mandatory evacuation orders until further notice:

  • Malibu: Pepperdine University; Puerco Canyon Road; Corral Canyon Park; Malibu Beach RV Park; Malibu Canyon Road north of Civic Center Way
  • Malibu Lake
  • Monte Nido
  • Topanga
  • Area east of Las Posas Road, South of Potrero Road, SR-1, and the Los Angeles-Ventura county line
  • Neighborhoods south of Mulholland Highway

Several evacuation shelters have been established for displaced residents at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Taft Charter High School and Pierce College in Woodland Hills, and Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades.

Transport
The wildfires have prompted transport disruptions in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties. SR-1 (Pacific Coast Highway) is closed to northbound traffic at the Carbon Canyon Road in Malibu; southbound lane closures are also ongoing between Las Posas Road and Webb Way. Officials also maintain highway closures along SR-23 between SR-1 and Potrero Road, and SR-27 between SR-1 and Mulholland Drive. Several additional road closures are ongoing within the wildfire perimeter and the evacuation zones.

Anticipate congestion on alternative routes in the affected area; the status of highways and secondary roads is likely to change in the coming days due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Low visibility from smoke and possible ashfall could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.


Advice
Continue to heed all remaining evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if operating near the affected area; allow additional time to reach destinations due to road closures and congestion. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. Collect essential items - including identification and any important legal and travel documents - in a "go-bag" that can be easily accessed if authorities issue new evacuation orders. Charge battery-powered devices in case of prolonged power outages.


UPDATE 6: Crews contain nearly half of the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, Calif., US. Several evacuations lifted Nov. 14.

  • Incident: Wildfires (Hill and Woolsey)
  • Location: Los Angeles and Ventura counties, California 
  • Start Date: Nov. 8
  • Impact: Evacuations, transport disruptions, power outages, property damage

 

Summary

 

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Firefighters have made significant progress in containing the Woolsey Fire burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Weather conditions are forecast to improve overnight Nov. 14-15; reduced wind speeds will likely allow crews to strengthen control lines and extinguish hot spots within the wildfire complex.

The National Weather Service maintains a red flag warning for Los Angeles and Ventura counties through at least 1700 Nov. 14; authorities will probably allow the warning to expire as the Santa Ana wind event is predicted to weaken over the coming days. On Nov. 12, President Donald J. Trump approved a major disaster declaration for California that will allow the allocation of federal funding and resources to assist with the wildfire response and recovery. Over 3,600 personnel remain on site working to contain the wildfire complex.

Woolsey Fire
As of Nov. 14, the Woolsey Fire has burned approximately 39,505 hectares (97,620 acres) and was 47-percent contained. Preliminary estimates indicate that the wildfire has destroyed 483 structures; however, official damage assessments are only 22-percent completed, and loss figures could rise in the coming days. An additional 57,000 structures remain threatened by the wildfire. Two civilian fatalities and three firefighter injuries have been confirmed as of Nov. 14. Officials hope to have the Woolsey Fire fully contained by Nov. 18.

Due to the increased containment of the Woolsey Fire, authorities have lifted mandatory evacuation orders and initiated repopulation procedures in parts of Malibu, Calabasas, Liberty Canyon, Lake Sherwood, Westlake Village, and Agoura Hills. Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for the following areas:

  • Western Malibu (including Civic Center) and areas north of SR-1 and Tuna Canyon Road, Topanga Canyon Boulevard, and Rambla Pacifico Drive
  • Malibu Lake
  • Monte Nido
  • Topanga
  • Area east of Las Posas Road, South of Potrero Road, SR-1, and the Los Angeles-Ventura county line
  • Neighborhoods south of Mulholland Highway

Several evacuation shelters have been established for displaced residents at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Taft Charter High School and Pierce College in Woodland Hills, and Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades.

Hill Fire
As of Nov. 14, the smaller Hill Fire has burned 1,834 hectares (4,531 acres) near Newbury Park in Ventura County. Firefighters have the fire roughly 94-percent contained and expect it to be fully controlled by Nov. 15. Authorities have not confirmed any injuries or fatalities as a result of the fire, which has destroyed two structures in the affected area. Although the fire is largely contained, mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for Point Mugu Naval Base.

Transport
The wildfires have prompted transport disruptions in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties. SR-1 (Pacific Coast Highway) is closed to northbound traffic at the SR-27 junction; southbound lane closures are also ongoing between Las Posas Road and Coastline Drive. Officials also maintain highway closures along SR-23 between SR-1 and Potrero Road, and SR-27 between SR-1 and Mulholland Drive. Several additional road closures are ongoing within the wildfire perimeter and the evacuation zones.

Anticipate congestion on alternative routes in the affected area; the status of highways and secondary roads is likely to change in the coming days due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Low visibility from smoke and possible ashfall could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

Advice


Continue to heed all remaining evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if operating near the affected area; allow additional time to reach destinations due to road closures and congestion. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. Collect essential items - including identification and any important legal and travel documents - in a "go-bag" that can be easily accessed if authorities issue new evacuation orders. Charge battery-powered devices in case of prolonged power outages.

 


UPDATE 5: Crews continue to battle fires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, Calif., US. Spot fire reignites in Carlisle Canyon, Nov. 13.

Locations affected by this alert:

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

This Alert began Nov 13, 2018 21:19 UTC and is scheduled to expire Nov 16, 2018 23:59 UTC.

  • Incident: Wildfires (Hill and Woolsey)
  • Location: Los Angeles and Ventura counties, California 
  • Start Date: Nov. 8
  • Impact: Evacuations; transport disruptions; power outages; property damage

 

Summary

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Weather conditions ideal for fire growth continue to hamper containment efforts in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Firefighters have largely contained the Hill Fire and are now focusing efforts on limiting the spread of the Woolsey Fire perimeter. As of Nov. 13, a spot fire has reignited in Carlisle Canyon near the Ventura-Los Angeles county line; fire crews are deploying additional resources in an attempt to extinguish the breakout, but are warning individuals in Lake Sherwood, Boney Mountain, and areas downwind of the spot fire to be prepared to evacuate quickly.

On Nov. 12, President Donald J. Trump approved a major disaster declaration for California that will allow the allocation of federal funding and resources to assist with the wildfire response and recovery. The National Weather Service maintains a red flag warning (meaning conditions are ideal for fires) for both Ventura and Los Angeles counties until the evening of Nov. 14. Sustained northeasterly winds of between 24-48 kph (15-30 mph) with gusts of up to 65 kph (40 mph) are likely, with stronger winds possible in mountainous areas. The combination of strong winds and low humidity levels will impede containment efforts over the coming days and could cause additional spot fires to ignite.

Woolsey Fire
As of early Nov. 13, the Woolsey Fire has burned approximately 38,977 hectares (96,314 acres) and was 35-percent contained. Preliminary estimates indicate that the wildfire has destroyed 435 structures; however, official damage assessments are in the early stages, and loss figures could rise in the coming days. An additional 57,000 structures remain threatened by the wildfire. Two civilian fatalities and three firefighter injuries have been confirmed as of Nov. 13. Officials hope to have the Woolsey Fire fully contained by Nov. 18; however, this date could be delayed if weather conditions cause unanticipated fire growth.

Authorities maintain the following mandatory evacuation orders as of Nov. 13:

  • Agoura Hills (south of Agoura Road from Chesebro to Lindero Canyon)
  • Calabasas
  • Hidden Hills
  • Malibu
  • Malibu Lake
  • Monte Nido
  • Topanga
  • Westlake Village
  • Area east of Las Posas Road, South of Potrero Road, SR-1, and the Los Angeles-Ventura county line

Several evacuation shelters have been established for displaced residents at community centers and educational facilities in the surrounding area, including in Newbury Park, Camarillo, Simi Valley, Canoga Park, and Pacific Palisades.

Hill Fire
As of early Nov. 13, the smaller Hill Fire has burned 1,834 hectares (4,531 acres) near Newbury Park in Ventura County. Firefighters have the fire roughly 90-percent contained and expect it to be fully controlled in the coming days. Authorities have not confirmed any injuries or fatalities as a result of the fire, which has destroyed two structures in the affected area. Although the fire is largely contained, mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for Point Mugu Naval Base.

Transport
The wildfires have prompted transport disruptions in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Major road closures include SR-1 (Pacific Coast Highway) between Los Posas Road and Sunset Boulevard, SR-23 between SR-1 and Potrero Road, and SR-27 between SR-1 and Mulholland Drive. Several additional road closures are ongoing within the wildfire perimeter and the evacuation zones.

Anticipate congestion on alternative routes in the affected area, especially if authorities implement new evacuation orders. The status of highways and secondary roads is likely to change in the coming days due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Low visibility from smoke and possible ashfall could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.


 

Advice
Continue to heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if operating near the affected area; allow additional time to reach destinations due to road closures and congestion. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. Collect essential items - including identification and any important legal and travel documents - in a "go-bag" that can be easily accessed if authorities issue new evacuation orders. Charge battery-powered devices in case of prolonged power outages.

 


UPDATE 4: Wildfires continue to burn in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, Calif., US, Nov. 12. Expect transport, power supply disruptions.

 

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

This alert began 12 Nov 2018 20:01 GMT and is scheduled to expire 13 Nov 2018 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Wildfires (Hill and Woolsey)
  • Location: Los Angeles and Ventura counties, Calif.
  • Time Frame: Through at least Nov. 15
  • Impact: Evacuations, transport disruptions, power outages, property damage

Summary

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Two wildfires, the Hill and Woolsey fires, continue to burn in California's Los Angeles and Ventura counties, Nov. 12. A state of emergency initially declared Nov. 9 remains in place. The National Weather Service maintains a red flag warning (meaning conditions are ideal for fires) for both Ventura and Los Angeles counties until Nov. 13. The service forecasts northeasterly winds of 32-48 kph (20-30 mph) with gusts of up to 89 kph (55 mph) in Los Angeles County, which will impede containment efforts.

Woolsey Fire
As of 0930 PST Nov. 12, the wildfire is 91,572 acres (37,058 hectares) in size and 20-percent contained. Full containment is expected by Nov. 15. Approximately 370 structures have been destroyed, and a further 57,000 are threatened. Two civilians have been killed by the fire. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for the following areas:

  • Bell Canyon
  • Oak Park
  • Calabasas
  • Parts of West Hills
  • Areas east of Las Posas and south of Potrero Road to the Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura/Los Angeles County line
  • Areas south of Highway 101, east of Westlake Boulevard to the Ventura/Los Angeles County line

Hill Fire
As of 0930 PST Nov. 12, the wildfire is 4,531 acres (1,834 hectares) in size and 80-percent contained. The fire has destroyed two structures. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for Point Mugu Naval Base.

Transport
The wildfires have prompted transport disruptions in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Road closures include Highway 1 southbound at Las Posas Road; Bell Canyon Road at Valley Circle Boulevard; Borchard at Los Vientos Drive; and the 118 Freeway between Yosemite and Topanga Canyon.

Anticipate congestion on all roads in the area, as residents heed evacuation orders and emergency response crews travel between impacted areas. Low visibility from smoke and possible ashfall could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

Advice
Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if operating near the affected area; allow additional time to reach destinations due to road closures and congestion. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. If located in a voluntary evacuation area, collect essential items - including identification and any important legal and travel documents - in a "go-bag" that can be easily accessed if authorities issue mandatory orders. Charge battery-powered devices in case of prolonged power outages.

 


UPDATE 3: Wildfires continue to burn in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, Calif., US, Nov. 11. Expect transport, power supply disruptions.

 

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

This alert began 11 Nov 2018 09:24 GMT and is scheduled to expire 13 Nov 2018 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Wildfires (Hill and Woolsey)
  • Location: Los Angeles and Ventura counties, Calif. 
  • Time Frame: Through Nov. 13 at least
  • Impact: Evacuations, transport disruptions, power outages, property damage

Summary

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Two wildfires, the Hill and Woolsey fires, continue to burn in California's Los Angeles and Ventura counties, Nov. 11. A state of emergency, initially declared in the affected counties Nov. 9, remains in place. The National Weather Service maintains a red flag warning (conditions ideal for fires) for both Ventura and Los Angeles counties until Nov. 13. The service forecasts strong northeasterly winds of 64-81 kph (40-50 mph) along the coast and 81-97 kph (50-60 mph) in the mountains, which will drive the blazes.

Woolsey Fire
As of 1900 PST Nov. 10, the wildfire is 83,275 acres (33,700 hectares) in size and 5-percent contained. The fire has doubled in size over the past 24 hours. Approximately 177 structures have been destroyed, and a further 57,000 are threatened. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for the following areas:

  • Bell Canyon
  • Long Canyon
  • Oak Park
  • Thousand Oaks Boulevard (north of Sunset Hills from Oak Park west to SR-23)
  • Wood Ranch
  • Areas west of SR-23, south of East Olsen Road, and north of Pederson Road
  • Areas south of Bard Lake and east of SR-23
  • Areas south of US 101, east of Reino Road, north of Potrero Road, and east of the Los Angeles-Ventura county line

Hill Fire
As of 1900 PST Nov. 10, the wildfire is 4,531 acres (1,834 hectares) in size and is 65-percent contained. The fire has destroyed two structures. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for the following areas:

  • Point Mugu Naval Base
  • South Coast

Transport
The wildfires have prompted transport disruptions in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties as of early Nov. 11. Road closures, including to parts of US 101, have been widely reported and are likely ongoing within the wildfire perimeters and evacuated communities.

Anticipate congestion on all roads in the area as residents heed evacuation orders, and emergency response crews travel to and from impacted areas. Low visibility from smoke and possible ashfall could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

Advice
Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if operating near the affected area; allow additional time to reach destinations due to road closures and congestion. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. If located in a voluntary evacuation area, collect


UPDATE 2: Wildfires continue to burn in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, Calif., US, Nov. 10. Expect transport, power supply disruptions.

 

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

This alert began 10 Nov 2018 09:48 GMT and is scheduled to expire 13 Nov 2018 22:00 GMT.

  • Incident: Wildfires (Hill and Woolsey)
  • Location: Los Angeles and Ventura counties, Calif. 
  • Time Frame: Through Nov. 13 at least
  • Impact: Evacuations, transport disruptions, power outages, property damage

Summary

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Two large wildfires continue to burn in California's Los Angeles and Ventura counties, Nov. 10. Hundreds of homes have been burnt, tens of thousands of people have been evacuated, and power outages are being reported in several areas. The most widespread outages are in Los Angeles County where 20,000 residences are without electricity. A state of emergency was declared in the affected counties Nov. 9 in response to the blazes. The extent of infrastructural losses will likely not be known until officials complete damage assessments in the coming days. In Southern California, the two primary wildfires are the Hill and Woolsey fires.

The National Weather Service maintains a red flag warning (conditions ideal for fires) for both Ventura and Los Angeles counties until at least 1700 Nov. 13.

Hill Fire
The wildfire is largely uncontrolled and has burned an area of approximately 4,531 acres (1,833 hectares). Authorities indicate that the fire is 15-percent contained. Strong northeasterly winds continue to drive the fire towards the South Coast/Malibu area. As of 0100 PST Nov. 10, mandatory evacuation orders are in place for the following areas:

  • California State University Channel Islands
  • Camarillo Springs
  • Dos Vientos neighborhood
  • Point Mugu Naval Base
  • South Coast
  • Vallecito Trailer Park

Woolsey Fire
The wildfire is largely uncontrolled and has burned an area of approximately 35,000 acres (14,164 hectares). As with the Hill Fire, strong winds are fanning the flames. The fire is not contained. As of 0100 PST Nov. 10, mandatory evacuation orders are in place for the following areas:

  • Bell Canyon (Saddlebow Road between Maverick Lane and Morgan Road)
  • Oak Park
  • Thousand Oaks Boulevard (north of Sunset Hills from Oak Park west to SR-23)
  • Areas west of SR-23, south of East Olsen Road, and north of Pederson Road
  • Areas south of Bard Lake and east of SR-23
  • Areas south of US 101, east of Reino Road, north of Potrero Road, and east of the Los Angeles-Ventura county line

The wildfires have prompted transport disruptions in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties as of early Nov. 10. Road closures have been widely reported and are likely ongoing within the wildfire perimeters and evacuated communities.

Anticipate congestion on all roads in the area as residents heed evacuation orders, and emergency response crews travel to and from impacted areas. Low visibility from smoke and possible ashfall could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

Advice
Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if operating near the affected area; allow additional time to reach destinations due to road closures and congestion. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. If located in a voluntary evacuation area, collect essential items - including identification and any important legal and travel documents - in a "go-bag" that can be easily accessed if authorities issue mandatory orders. Charge battery-powered devices in case of prolonged power outages.

 

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