L.A. & Ventura Counties Now Officially In A State Of Emergency Due; Fire Threatening Malibu Spreading Quickly – Update

More than 75,000 homes already have been evacuated.
And listen to Bob, stay safe, those winds are blowing. We will update as events require.
Chief John Benedict of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said at the presser today that mandatory evacuations remain in place thoughout the cities of Agoura, Westlake Village and the tony enclaves of Calabasas and Hidden Hills, where many celebrities live.


PREVIOUS UPDATED with news about Griffith Park fire: The Southern California beach city of Malibu and its surrounding areas are under mandatory evacuation orders this morning as one of two fires that started Thursday afternoon in the region spread massively overnight, fueled by Santa Ana winds and ultra-dry conditions.
PREVIOUSLY, 9:42 AM: Just days after being elected Governor in his own right, Gavin Newsom has just declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles county and Ventura county due to the fires that are destroying properties and land and forcing evacuations from Malibu to Griffith Park.


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However, the fire in that area appears to be under control. More than 127 LAFD firefighters are on the scene, but the fire has already led to the evacuation of some animals at the LA Zoo, which remains closed.
Deadline reached out to the film offices in Malibu and Agoura Hills, and we were referred to public information officers at their respective city halls. An official at City Hall in Agoura we contacted confirmed that the city has been evacuated but did not know if any filming was going on there leading up to the fires.
Lorenzen said “many hundreds” of personnel are on the fire line with many more “on order.”
#abc7eyewitness pic.twitter.com/FxUv0IJnMx View from my office. Hope everyone is being very careful this morning.
Mandatory evacuations were already ordered for north of the 101 from Valley Vista to Reyes Adobe in the areas of Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Westlake Village, according to emergency officials.” />
Earlier today, authorities held a news conference to give updates on the local fires. That means resources can focus on the Woolsey Fire, which was at 10,000-plus acres as of 9:15 AM. Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said the Hill Fire started at 2 PM Thursday and burned about 6,000 acres but now is moving into the footprint of the 2013 Spring Fire.
That county is also facing danger from a second fire, the Hill Fire, which sparked Thursday very near the location of the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks where 12 were killed. Overnight, the Woolsey Fire reached the city of Agoura Hills and raced through Oak Park, in the adjacent Ventura County.
The 101 is now closed in both directions from Las Virgenes to Reyes Adobe, an eerie site on one of SoCal's most traveled freeways. As the Woolsey fire approaches Malibu, all areas south of the 101 Freeway from Ventura County line to Las Virgenes/Malibu Cyn, southward to the ocean, were told to leave immediately after the fire jumped the 101 at Liberty Cyn Rd and Chesebro Rd in nearby Agoura Hills.
Everyone who spoke at the presser praised the first responders and pleaded with residents to heed evacuation orders. Benedict said the most recent evacuation area is the area south of the 101 Freeway between the Ventura County line and Las Virgenes Canyon Road all the way to the Malibu coast.
As Jerry Brown is out of California right now, Newsom in his Acting Governor capacity made the proclamation “due to the effects of the Hill and Woolsey fires, which have destroyed homes, threatened critical infrastructure and caused the evacuation of residents." Sad to say, with the increase in fires the past several years, this may become an all to frequent reality for Newsom once he is officially sworn in as governor.
The northbound lanes of the city's lone north-south artery is closed at Topanga Canyon Boulevard, and all four lanes are being used to allow southbound traffic as people try to evacuate before the flames arrive. Malibu residents have been told to avoid the canyon routes out of the city, and Pacific Coast Highway is  jammed as residents got the early morning order to leave one of the region's most tony cities.
Multiple homes have burned in the cities of Westlake Village and Oak Park, with many others still at risk, and KCBS-TV notes that some homes are burning in Malibu. UPDATED, 1:00 PM: Authorities now say the Woolsey Fire that is threatening Malibu has exploded to more than 14,000 acres with zero containment.
The fire overnight jumped the 101 Freeway in the western end of Los Angeles County, forcing a shutdown of the major artery after drivers in some cases were forced to make U-turns and drive the opposite direction to avoid flames.
Meanwhile, a new fire has broken out in Griffith Park near the Los Angeles Zoo. Since it was reported at 7:10 AM, crews have been working to contain it at 2-3 acres.
Another Golden State powerhouse, Disney boss Bob Iger made his own proclamation online as a blaze threatened Griffith Park, where the fire is holding at 30 acres in heavy brush with steep and difficult terrain, according to the Los Angeles Fire department.
One local resident told KCBS-TV this morning that Edison has been warning people in his area for about a year that it would cut off power as a precaution if fires came close, fearful of downed power lines starting new fires. So power has been off in the area since the overnight hours.
The Woolsey Fire jumped the 101 Freeway near Liberty Canyon overnight, and the 101 remains closed in both directions from Reyes Adobe Road in Agoura to Valley Circle Boulevard near Hidden Hills. More than 75,000 homes already have been evacuated, including all of Malibu, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and the celebrity enclave of Hidden Hills.