The Latest: Southern California fires force mass evacuation
CAMARILLO SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Southern California wildfires (all times local):
Two wildfires raging west of Los Angeles have force thousands of people to leave their homes.
The Los Angeles and Ventura County fire departments say multiple buildings have been destroyed or damage, but exact numbers are not available early Friday.
The flames are being driven by Southern California’s notorious Santa Ana winds, which blow from the northeast toward the coast.
Both fires erupted Thursday afternoon and have grown rapidly.
One fire that broke out near the northeast corner of Los Angeles has roared westward, jumped U.S. 101 in the Calabasas area and is surging up the Santa Monica Mountains.
Portions of Southern California remain under siege as two large brush fires are threatening numerous communities.
ABC7.com reports that one of the fires has now scorched 8,000 acres as winds picked up early Friday, with some 75,000 homes under evacuation orders along the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Los Angeles Fire Department Public Information Officer Erik Scott says the blaze has destroyed or damaged many buildings.
A second fire has been burning in the Santa Rosa Valley east of Camarillo, west of Simi Valley near Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks. By Thursday evening, it had scorched up to 7,000 acres and sent residents of more than 1,200 homes fleeing, the Los Angeles Times reports.
No injuries have been reported in either fire.