Thousands flee raging wildfires in California

Thousands flee raging wildfires in California

Thousands flee raging wildfires in California

Here's the latest on the California wildfires.

About 15,000 residents have been evacuated, and 437 structures remain threatened, according to a Friday morning update.

The park service says the ranch served as locations for productions ranging from 1938's "The Adventures of Marco Polo" to TV's "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman", and the more recent shows "The Mentalist" and "Weeds".

In Southern California, strong Santa Ana winds were fanning two fires, including the Woolsey Fire, which by Friday morning had burned across United States 101 and was heading in the direction of Malibu. While there have been injuries from the fire, there's no official tally of how many civilians and firefighters were hurt or possibly killed.

"Please, please, please if you are asked to voluntarily leave the area, please do", Ventura County fire Capt. Scott Dettore told CNN affiliate KTLA on Friday morning.

The first of the fires broke out on Thursday, northwest of Los Angeles, and roared south, with an estimated 75,000 homes evacuated in western Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County.

The two blazes are among 16 now active fires in California.

Fires are burning in Northern and Southern California.

Heavy smoke and strong winds hampered visibility for crews on the firelines and residents trying to evacuate fire zones.

A separate fire is threatening Malibu and has caused the city to be evacuated.

Where are the California wildfires?

Howling Santa Ana winds were driving the Woolsey and Hill fires. Malibu has about 13,000 residents and lies along 21 miles (34 kilometres) of coast at the southern foot of the mountain range. The threat continues Friday morning, with millions of Californians under "red flag" warningsportending windy, arid and warm conditions that pose extreme fire risks.

Taft High School and Pierce College are open to people in Los Angeles County. Pepperdine University in Malibu also canceled classes.

Thousands were evacuated, including from schools and hospitals. Zoo officials announced it would be closed to the public Friday as a result.

Strong wind is blowing two brush fires out of control in Ventura County, and one of them has closed a section of Highway 101.

The Ventura County Fire Department on Friday morning estimated that the blaze had burned 6,100 acres, a smaller number than a Thursday afternoon estimate of 8,000 to 10,000 acres.

One of the fires broke out Thursday north-west of Los Angeles and roared south, jumping the U.S. 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains.

Windy weather throughout California has sparked the risk of extreme fire danger, according to the Associated Press.

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.

The Woolsey Fire has already scorched as least 9,600 acres north of Los Angeles since igniting near Rocketdyne at around 2pm local time Thursday.

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