Two Major Fires Burning in Ventura County

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Tens of thousands of people are under mandatory evacuation orders and Palley says that the fires in the Santa Monica Mountains, above Malibu, have developed so fast that numerous roads there have become impassable even to firefighters.

"While a lot of my yard and neighbors' yards burned, the firefighters saved our homes", Janic tweeted just after 2 a.m. (5 a.m. ET) Friday.

Fire officials initially ordred the evacuation of all 13,000 residents of the community, which stretches 21 miles along the ocean, but later scaled it back to the western two-thirds of the city.

NWS said wind guests of 50 to 70mph were expected to lash the mountains in Ventura County.

OES Director Mark Ghilarducci said in Friday's press briefing that state agencies are still working toward assessments of damage and losses.

In Southern California, a pair of wildfires forced the evacuation of tens of thousands, including the city of Malibu.

Early Friday the Los Angeles Fire Department tweeted that the fire was headed to the ocean, declaring: "Imminent threat!"

At least five people have died in wildfires spreading across California that have destroyed thousands of structures and sent people fleeing as towns and forests throughout the state burn. Early Friday, the city of Malibu was ordered to evacuate as a wildfire approached the coastal area. Cal Lutheran says its Thousand Oaks campus is not under evacuation orders but residential students have been put on standby.

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The Woolsey Fire, which started Thursday around 2:30pm south of Simi Valley, has quickly spread through Ventura and L.A. County.

Ventura and Los Angeles county agencies have a unified command of the incident, in addition to CalFire.

In Los Angeles, a brush fire broke out near Griffith Park on Friday morning, behind the Los Angeles Zoo.

Schools in the area, including Pepperdine University, CSU Channel Islands, Cal Lutheran University, Moorpark Community College, as well as a number of Ventura County K-12 schools have all been closed.

California's Santa Ana winds have stoked the fires, causing the Woolsley blaze to double in size to 8,000 acres, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). By last night it had scorched up to 7,000 acres.

Both fires erupted Thursday afternoon and have grown rapidly. Togeher, they've jumped the 101 freeway, burning into the Santa Monica Mountains and forcing the evacuation of 75,000 homes. Winds haven't been as strong in fires in the area in the recent past.

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

No injuries have been reported in either fire.

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