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75,000 homes evacuated as Southern California fire rages

75,000 homes evacuated as Southern California fire rages

The fire has already jumped Highway 101 and at this time more than 75,000 homes are already under evacuation in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Just 12 minutes after it started Thursday afternoon, the flames spread across U.S. 101, leaving several drivers temporarily stranded.

Also in Ventura County, a brush fire broke out about 2 p.m. Thursday and grew to 6,000 acres by Friday morning.

United States media reports that schools have also been closed and evacuated due to the fire, and animals have been moved out of the LA Zoo in Griffith Park.

About 1,000 structures have been reportedly destroyed, a lot of them in Paradise, a town of about 26,000 people that has been virtually wiped out by the exploding blaze, reports and photos show.

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

Multiple injuries have been reported by both civilians and firefighters, Cal Fire spokesman John Gaddie said.

According to TMZ, citing sources, Jenner's house caught on fire on Friday.

"Imminent threat!" the department said in its warning.

The latest numbers estimate the Hill fire has burned over 10,000 acres.

Jenner had lived in the home since 2015.




Kourtney Kardashian also posted about the emergency on her Instagram story, writing, "I pray that everyone is kept safe and protested from these fires".

The fire department said 30,000 homes were threatened in a tweet Friday morning.

A firefighter keeps watch as the wildfire burns a home near Malibu Lake in Malibu, Calif., Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

Video of her drive out of town shows the fire emitting an orange-red glow in the distance in the nighttime sky.

A second fire has been burning in the Santa Rosa Valley east of Camarillo, west of Simi Valley near Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks.

Friday morning, fire officials reported that the fire had jumped Highway 101 near the city of Calabasas. Drought-stricken fuels, Santa Ana wind conditions, low relative humidity, high temperatures: "It's a recipe for fire", said Ventura County Fire Department Assistant Chief Chad Cook, the incident commander for the Hill Fire.

"We were surrounded by fire, we were driving through fire on each side of the road", said police officer Mark Bass, who lives in Paradise and works in neighboring Chico.

Residents posted on social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in the Newbury Park area of western Thousand Oaks.

Fire crews Thursday morning were dealing with 40 miles per hour wind gusts.

Evacuation orders are in effect for Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley.