Evacuees are turned away from overflowing shelters as more than 300,000 residents are told to leave their homes and unrelenting flames reduce entire California communities into ashes

Saturday, November 10, 2018
By Paul Martin

Communities across Ventura and Los Angeles counties including Malibu, Calabasas and the Topanga Canyon area were placed under mandatory evacuation orders on Friday as the Woolsey and Hill fires approached
The fires have torched more than 40,000 acres in Southern California since igniting on Thursday afternoon
In Northern California, the Camp Fire has torn across 90k acres in Butte County on its way toward Sacramento
Nine have been killed and 35 are missing after the Camp Fire raged through town of Paradise without warning
It is now the most destructive fire in California history and may have started from electric line malfunction
The three fires fueled by another strong burst of Santa Ana winds are expected rage on through the weekend
President Trump approved an emergency declaration on Friday sending federal funds to California

10 November 2018

Evacuees are reportedly being turned away from overflowing shelters in Southern California as three wildfires continue to ravage the state, forcing some 300,000 panicked residents to flee their homes.

Communities across Ventura and Los Angeles counties including the city of Malibu, Calabasas and the Topanga Canyon area were placed under evacuation orders on Friday as the Woolsey and Hill fires torched more than 40,000 acres, razing countless buildings and homes to the ground.

More than 600 members of law enforcement canvassed the area through Friday night, pounding on doors to tell residents to leave their homes as the fires closed in.

However, the Los Angeles Times reports that a number of shelters have had to close their doors because they have no more space, creating an even more dire situation as the firestorm threatens to intensify when another round of strong, dry Santa Ana winds blow through on Saturday and Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Camp Fire in Northern California, now the most destructive in state history, has claimed the lives of at least nine people and another 35 are missing in Butte County.

The devastating fire almost entirely wiped out the town of Paradise when it tore through on Thursday and Friday, sending some 50,000 people running for their lives.

Meteorologists warn that strengthening westward winds could push the blaze toward the state capital in Sacramento.

The southern blazes have not yet killed or injured anyone, but have destroyed many homes and forced thousands to flee for their lives on short notice – including many celebrities who live in the wealthy coastal enclaves under threat.

The larger of the two southern blazes, the Woolsey Fire, ignited near Rocketdyne at around 2pm local time Thursday, quickly spreading southwest toward Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks, the community still reeling from a mass shooting in a bar on Wednesday night.

Both fires remained at zero percent contained as of early Saturday morning. It is now continuing its march up the oceans edge after crossing the Pacific Coast Highway overnight.

To the west of the Woolsey Fire a second, smaller blaze dubbed the Hill Fire has torched almost 6,000 acres in Ventura County after igniting at around the same time in Hill Canyon on Thursday afternoon.

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