Where the wildfires are burning in SoCal — MAP

Rosalie Gross
November 10, 2018

The KUWTK alum's Malibu hills mansion has completely burned to the ground after being destroyed in Southern California's raging wildfires.

"You could feel the heat from the flames", said McMillen, who returned Friday and found his home intact but stinking of smoke.

Some 75,000 homes were ordered evacuated in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, with the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeting: "imminent threat", adding that "Malibu lakes residents must leave area immediately".

Officials said the mandatory evacuations clogged the roads in Oak Park, making it hard to escape.

The fire, which began early on Thursday, was the fiercest of several wind-driven blazes across California, during what has been one of the worst years for wildfires in the state.

A separate massive blaze raging in Northern California since Thursday morning has almost quadrupled in size overnight, according to one Californian fire official.

Authorities fear the fire, fueled by strong winds, could reach Chico - a city of 90,000 people where many Butte County families already have evacuated to shelters.

Both wildfires caused mass evacuations and Highway 101 closures overnight, but the roadway reopened to through traffic in the Camarillo area Friday morning.

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Portions of Southern California remain under siege as two large brush fires are threatening numerous communities.

"Evacuated last night. Bleak House an the collection may be endangered but the gift of life remains".

"I had to work this evening, and ran out when I realized how close it was", Little told CNN.

By 1 a.m. (4 a.m. ET), more firefighters arrived as the flames closed in on Janic's street. "We lost our home, but we are all safe and that's the important thing", he tweeted. Video from the scene shows firefighters battling to extinguish burning buildings, as the sky glowed orange and filled with smoke.

Acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Butte County, where the fire was burning about 80 acres per minute at one point, according to UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain.

Also burning in Ventura County was the Hill Fire, which had torched 10 000 acres (4047 hectares) by Thursday night, fire officials said.

Residents took to social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in Newbury Park, which borders Thousands Oaks to the west. Large swaths of the state are now under a red flag warning, meaning that the fire danger is very high.

Under dry, Santa Ana conditions, once again California is ablaze. Pimlott said 40 miles per hour wind started at the outset of the Camp Fire early Thursday.

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