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Editor's Note: This is a running log of news updates on the Woolsey Fire. For a comprehensive story, please click here.
UPDATE Thursday, Nov. 22, 7:39 a.m.: The National Weather Service's flood warning expired at 3 a.m. today, but patchy, dense fog is reported this morning.
Officials beat their estimated fire containment date of Thanksgiving, reaching full containment at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.
A total of 1,643 structures were destroyed and 364 were damaged. Three civilian fatalities and three firefighter injuries were reported.
Crews continue to provide public service to residents.
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 1:02 p.m.: Residents of the lower Encinal Canyon neighborhood — north of PCH, south of Avenida De La Encinal, east of Calle De La Burrita and west of Via Vienta— were permitted to repopulate at 10 a.m. today.
There will be a road closure northbound on Encinal Canyon Road just beyond Via Vienta.
Wednesday 12:08 p.m.: At 10 a.m. today, residents of Kanan Dume Road north of Cavelleri Road and Kanan Road south of Triunfo Canyon Road will be allowed to repopulate.
Kanan Dume Road/Kanan Road will be open from Pacific Coast Highway to Highway 101.
Closures are in effect for the eastbound lanes of Latigo Canyon Road at Kanan Dume Road, eastbound Mulholland Highway at Kanan Dume Road and westbound Mulholland Highway at Calamigos Road.
Wednesday 8:16 a.m.: Pacific Coast Highway is open in both directions throughout Malibu, but other road closures exist as of 8 a.m. this morning.
Mulholland Highway and Encinal Canyon Road are closed at PCH, Decker Road is closed, Solstice Canyon Road is closed at Corral Canyon Road, and Kanan Dume Road is closed north of the Malibu city limit.
Malibu Canyon Road is open in both directions, between PCH and the 101 Freeway.
Soft closures exist at Latigo Canyon and Corral Canyon roads, with residents needing to have proper identification to access the roads. There also are hard closures at Latigo Bay and at Seabreeze Drive.
The fire is currently 98-percent contained. Burn assessment has been completed, and official tallies account for 1,643 structures destroyed and 364 damaged.
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 1:11 p.m.: Repopulation for the Corral Canyon area — north of Pacific Coast Highway, south of Creekside Road, east of Barrymore Drive and west of Corral Canyon— was cleared today, starting at 10 a.m.
Closures are in effect for the following roads: northbound Corral Canyon Road at Seabreeze Drive; northbound Barrrymore Drive north of the Seabreeze neighborhood; Mulholland Highway at PCH (Leo Carillo State Beach); Decker Road (Highway 23); Encinal Canyon Road; Kanan Road; and Latigo Canyon Road.
Within the Malibu city limits, PCH is open in both directions to the general public. Malibu Canyon Road also is open in both directions.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. — Northbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway are now open through Malibu, according to CalTrans, which also says southbound lanes of PCH remain closed at the border of Los Angeles/Ventura counties.
As Malibu repopulates and awaits total containment of the Woolsey Fire (at 96 percent), residents prepare for potential danger as predicated rainfall Wednesday evening may lead to mudslides and flooding.
According to the forecast, there is a 70-90 percent chance for rain starting at 7 p.m. and lasting until 2 a.m. At least a 35 percent chance begins at 6 p.m. and continues through 4 a.m.
Residents can acquire sandbags at local fire stations: Fire Station 70, 3970 Carbon Canyon Road; Fire Station 71, 28722 Pacific Coast Highway; Fire Station 72, 1832 Decker Road; and Fire Station 99, 32550 Pacific Coast Highway
With the land barren from the fire, water has an efficient path downward. Los Angeles County released a preparation guide at lacounty.gov/rain. It includes the following tips:
- Obtain sandbags ahead of time
- Know how to shut off utilities
- Stay away from flood control channels
- Do not attempt to cross flooded areas
- Seek high ground if you are stranded
- Stay in your car until the water rises. Then, wait on top of your car
- If you see someone being swept away, call 911 and throw a flotation device, if possible.
Monday, Nov. 19, 7:24 a.m.: The Woolsey Fire is now 94-percent contained. Officials have assessed 95 percent of the burn area and report that 1,500 structures have been destroyed while another 341 structures have been damaged.
Full containment is expected on Thanksgiving Day.
No access is available to neighborhoods south of Mulholland Highway. The latest evacuation map can be viewed here: http://calfire-forestry.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=....
Sunday, Nov. 18, 6:16 p.m.: The 96,949-acre fire is 91-percent contained as of 6:13 p.m. Sunday.
Meanwhile, repopulation is progressing, but various precautions are advised.
The Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center urged residents to be aware that there may be intermittent power outages and associated street closures as power is restored. One such outage is expected from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, as Southern California Edison works to repair transmission lines from Kanan Dume Road to Tuna Canyon Road. The City notes that power will be available at the disaster assistance center at the old Malibu courthouse as well as at the Malibu Library. For information about current outages, visit https://www.sce.com/outage-center.
Residents also are reminded to never attempt to restore natural gas on their own. Anyone with questions on natural gas service may call SoCalGas at 1-877-238-0092 or visit https://www.socalgas.com/newsroom/fires.
Continued water conservation is requested to aid in supplying firefighters with water.
On Malibu Canyon Road in particular, residents are asked to be mindful of falling debris, as rocks may have been dislodged from water drops and topsoil in certain areas may be unstable.
Storms are expected in the coming week, and residents may obtain more information from the National Weather Service (https://www.weather.gov/). Sandbags also will be offered at LA County and Ventura County fire stations.
Drones remain restricted, as air operations cannot continue due to a potential collision. A temporary flight restriction is in effect for the fire area through Jan. 15.
Several canyon roads remain closed as of Sunday, Nov. 18. Closures are in effect at: Kanan Dume Road (open PCH to northern city limit; closed north of city limit); Ramirez Canyon (closed at PCH); Latigo Canyon (temporarily closed at PCH for Edison repairs); Corral Canyon (closed at PCH); and Puerco Canyon (closed at PCH).
Southern California Edison also is to close a portion of Las Virgenes Road Monday, Nov. 20, to replace a power pole; a time of the closure was not yet known.
Sunday, 6:58 a.m.: Officials have declared 88-percent containment on the Woolsey Fire. Eighty-five percent of the area's burn assessment is complete, and the amount of damage has escalated to 1,130 structures destroyed and 300 structures damaged.
Repopulation continues for portions of Malibu, with residents of Point Dume neighborhood, from Paradise Cove Road (east) to Guernsey Avenue (west), able to return at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 18. Latigo Canyon Road and Corral Canyon Road from Pacific Coast Highway to the Malibu City limit will be open.
At 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, Broad Beach will reopen between Guernsey Avenue (east) and the Ventura County Line (west).
“We are opening up Malibu to the residents as quickly as possible,” Mayor Rick Mullen said in a press release. “I know it has not been easy and I appreciate everyone’s patience. It has always been my and the City Manager’s intention to allow residents in as soon as possible in accordance with safety and security. Thankfully, the weather and fire conditions have improved and the installation of power poles is our main limitation at this point.”
To determine if your property is in an area that has been repopulated, visit https://goo.gl/sUCR5v.
Disaster assistance centers in Malibu and Agoura Hills are closed today but will operate from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19-Wednesday, Nov. 21. Malibu's DAC is as the Malibu Courthouse, located at 23525 Civic Center Way.
Saturday, Nov. 17, 6:47 p.m.: More mandatory evacuations were lifted in Malibu Saturday evening.
According to the City of Malibu, residents from Corral Canyon Road to Paradise Cove Road along Pacific Coast Highway may return home. This includes Malibu Colony Cove.
Still closed, however, are several canyon roads in that area: Latigo, Corral, Ramirez and Puerco canyon roads remain closed north of PCH.
Residents east of Malibu Canyon Road can also repopulate. Topanga Canyon Road and Las Virgenes Road are open to vehicles.
If you choose to return to your home, you must have appropriate idenitifcation for the checkpoint at 25700 Pacific Coast Highway.
Fire officials now say at least 1,008 structures have been destroyed by the Woolsey Fire, which is now 84 contained over 98,362 acres burned in its eight days. At least 271 structures have been damaged, according to a Saturday night report.
Eighty percent of the damage assessment is complete.
The estimated date for total containment has been pushed back until Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov. 22.
On Saturday emergency-response officials united to open two disaster-assistance centers, where they provided residents with pertinent information from a variety of departments.
Malibu Councilman Jefferson "Zuma Jay" Wagner, who was hospitalized after the Woolsey Fire, was on hand helping at the Consumer Affairs booth.
Also Saturday, President Donald Trump arrived in California to survey the damage of both the Camp Fire around Paradise, California, and the Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California.
The president arrived at Point Mugu in Ventura County around 3 p.m. and reportedly reviewed damage to the Point Dume area of Malibu.
Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:45 a.m.: More than a week after its start, the fire stands at 98,362 acres with 82 percent containment. An estimated 836 structures have been destroyed and 242 structures damaged, with 70 percent of burn assessment complete.
Onshore flow is expected to continue today, with peak gusts of 15-20 miles per hour in the afternoon.
Friday, Nov. 16, 6:10 p.m.: Mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted for residents of Deer Creek and Yerba Buena roads; though residents of Yerba Buena must use Deer Creek to access their homes. Southern California Edison crews are replacing damaged poles along Yerba Buena.
Pacific Coast Highway remains closed at the Ventura County/Los Angeles County Line, with no access to LA County provided at this time.
Los Angeles County Fire also announced the Woolsey Fire is now 78 percent contained and has destroyed at least 713 structures, while damaging at least 201 more.
Friday 2:30 p.m.: With many Woolsey Fire evacuees now able to return to their homes, the temporary shelter at Taft High School in Woodland Hills has been deactivated. Evacuation shelters at Pierce College and Palisades High School remain operational.
“We are thankful to the hardworking staff and volunteers of the Taft High School shelter for their dedication and compassion in helping those displaced by the Woolsey Fire in their greatest time of need,” said Jeff Reeb, director of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management . “Even though we are deactivating this shelter, Los Angeles County and its partners remain committed to help those affected by the wildfire on their road to recovery.”
Friday 12:45 p.m. — Starting Saturday afternoon, Nov. 17, county and federal officials will set up and run disaster assistance centers in Malibu and Agoura Hills.
The centers, which will be located at the Malibu Courthouse (23525 Civic Center Way) and the Conrad L. Hilton Foundation (30440 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills), are open to all residents impacted by the Woolsey Fire.
The centers will be closed Sunday, Nov. 18, and Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22. Other hours of operation are: 1-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 19-21; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 23-24.
The centers will provide information about:
• Replacing records lost during the wildfire,
• Filing insurance claims,
• Applying for FEMA disaster assistance,
• Information on property cleanup, repair and rebuilding, and
• Public and community resources for disaster recovery
“The Disaster Assistance Centers are critical and basic components of our ongoing recovery efforts. They are there to help residents impacted by the Woolsey Fire rebuild their lives as quickly as possible,” said Sheila Kuehl, chairperson of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. “These centers will provide a central location where those affected by the recent fire can access needed services, resources and support from a variety of public and non-profit agencies.”
Participating government agencies have been invited to be on-site: the cities of Malibu, Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Westlake Village; the county’s departments of animal care and control, assessor’s office, third district board supervisor, CEO, fire, sheriff’s office, internal services, mental health, public health, consumer and business affairs, public works, library, public social services, regional planning, and workforce development; the state’s department of the governor, emergency services, insurance, motor vehicle, state board of equalization, and state contractors license board; the federal emergency management agency and small business administration; and nonprofits 211 LA County, American Red Cross, Emergency Network Los Angeles, Salvation Army, Tzu Chi Foundation and California Souther Baptist Convention.
Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center can be reached at (323) 980-2147
Friday 10:30 a.m.: At 2 p.m. Friday, the Civic Center area of Malibu — from the ocean (south), to the Malibu City limit (north), to Malibu Canyon Road (west) and to Serra Road (east) — will be able to repopulate. Pepperdine University remains closed for business.
To find out if your property is in an area that has been repopulated, visit https://goo.gl/sUCR5v.
Friday 7:30 a.m. — Cal Fire touted significant progress made overnight Thursday into Friday, as the containment level of the Woolsey Fire rose to 69 percent.
Additionally, the fire area held at 98,362 acres, according to Cal Fire update at 6:40 a.m.
More destroyed structures were confirmed, with that number jumping to 616. Another at leaset 183 have been damaged.
Thursday 8:20 p.m.: Cal Fire's evening update states the Woolsey Fire is now 62 percent contained. Across the fire's 98,362 acres, it has destroyed at least 548 structures and damaged at leaste 157 others, with damage assessment just over half complete (53 percent).
Currently assigned to the Woolsey Fire are 3,319 Cal Fire representatives, 442 fire engines, 16 helicopters and nine bulldozers.
Overnight, fire crews, it says, are expecting "weak canyon flow" aided by "weak northwesterly winds."
Officials united for a press release sent Thursday evening, one week after the fire began.
"Although many cities and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County sustained great loss, portions of Malibu, and other nearby areas, must be completely rebuilt," the release says.
The release goes on to explain why some areas of Malibu are still under mandatory evacuation.
"With power and telephone poles burned, gas lines compromised and roadways destroyed, multiple agencies must work together to inspect the impacted areas and determine overall safety," it says, later adding, "The goal of all involved is to re-open the closed areas as quickly as possible while ensuring public safety.
Repopulation of Malibu continues in some areas. Mandatory evacuation was lifted earlier Thursday for residents of the eastern city limit to Corral Canyon. Residents need proper identification to return home.
Malibu Road and Malibu Colony neighborhoods are open, as is Serra Retreat and public spaces in Civic Center area at Webby Way; however, near that zone, remaining under mandatory evacuation are: Pepperdine University, Puerco Canyon Road, Corral Canyon Park and the Malibu Beach RV Park, and Malibu Canyon Road north of Civic Center Way.
A boil order that was in effect for a portion of Malibu has also been lifted by State Water Control Board, the city said.
UPDATE Thursday 3:10 p.m.: T Mobile is working to restore cellular service to Malibu, according to a post from the company. In the northern Los Angeles areas impacted by the Woolsey and Hill fires, a “significant number” of sites with fiber damage sustained since Friday evening reportedly have been restored with the help of network partners.
A limited number of additional site outages because of power and third-party transport issues have occurred, but the company said it is monitoring and adjusting its network accordingly to provide coverage.
T Mobile additionally is evaluating and deploying network resources like Cell On Wheels and Cell On Light Trucks, or is utilizing satellite backhaul to provide coverage and/or capacity improvements where it is safe to do so. According the City of Malibu, there was a mobile truck at Zuma as of 12:50 p.m. Nov. 15, giving people and workers chargers and phones. Generators to energize cell sites and a mobile cell site at Castro Peak were to saturate the area with coverage, according to the City.
SoCal Gas uploaded a video at 11:09 a.m., showing its operations team unloading supplies to help with relief efforts for Malibu residents and first responders, including the Los Angeles Fire Department. The City of Malibu noted SoCal Gas has been working “round the clock” to restore gas service to residents.
As of 2 p.m. mandatory evacuations — which have been in placed since Friday, Nov. 9 — have been lifted for additional areas of Malibu for residents with identification, as it was previously reported they would be.
The area from east city limit, west to Corral Canyon, has been opened to repopulation.
According to a post from the City, the following areas inside of the City of Malibu will be open to residents only.
• Pacific Coast Highway from Webb Way (east) to the 25700 block of PCH (east of Corral Canyon)
• From the ocean (south) to the Malibu city limit (north) with the following exceptions
• Pepperdine University will remain closed
• Puerco Canyon Road will remain closed north of the hard gate
• Corral Canyon Park and the Malibu Beach RV Park will remain closed
• Malibu Canyon Road will be closed north of Civic Center Way
• Malibu Road and the Malibu Colony neighborhood are open to residents
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was to move the checkpoint from PCH and Carbon Canyon Road to PCH and Webb Web in Malibu.
The area west of Corral Canyon will remain under a full mandatory evacuation order, and those residents will not be allowed entry at the closures, according to the post. Business employees also are not yet receiving entry to the city.
To find out if a property is within an area where evacuations have been lifted, CLICK HERE. Areas in green are open to residents only, while red areas remain under mandatory evacuation are accessible only to emergency personnel.
Residents will be required to show a driver’s license or other official photo ID with name and address within the zone where the evacuation order was lifted. If the photo ID shows a different address, additional documentation in the resident’s name and Malibu address — such as a passport, car registration or utility bill — must be presented with the photo ID. No individuals without such proof of residency will be permitted access, according to the alert.
Los Angeles County Waterworks District No. 29, Southern California Edison and gas company have confirmed that all of the released addresses have water, electricity and gas service. But residents should be aware that water service is limited, water pressure is low, and intermittent, temporary power outages continue throughout Malibu.
UPDATE Thursday 11 a.m.: At 2 p.m. today, Nov. 15, residents of Malibu who live on Pacific Coast Highway from Webb Way (east) to the 25700 block of PCH (east of Corral Canyon) and from the ocean (south) to the Malibu city limit (north) will be allowed to repopulate.
Closures remain in effect for: Pepperdine University, Puerco Canyon Road north of the hard gate, the Corral Canyon Park and the Malibu Beach RV park, and Malibu Canyon Road north of Civic Center Way.
A checkpoint will be at Pacific Coast Highway and Webb Way, and residents of the designated areas must have identification to enter.
To determine if your home is within the repopulation area, visit https://goo.gl/sUCR5v.
In a Los Angeles Fire Department press conference this morning, California Gov. Jerry Brown said he had spoken to President Donald Trump who reportedly told Brown that he is "completely behind Calfornia in getting this recovery underway.
Brown added that California needs to take "intelligent precautions" when designing its cities and also ensuring that there are shelters in place for such circumstances.
Thursday 7:25 a.m.: California Fire said the Woolsey Fire is now 57 percent contained, up five perfect from last night and 10 percent from midday Wednesday. Full containment is expected, officials reported, by Monday, Nov. 19.
The response effort has dropped 2 1/2 million gallons of water and 500,000 gallons of retardant on the Woolsey Fire.
While Malibu repopulation has begun, on the east side of the community, mandatory evacuation is still in effect for a large portion of Malibu, including the Civic Center area. Northbound PCH is open from Carbon Canyon to Webb Way for residents only.
Road closures continue, according to CalTrans on PCH from Webb Way to Las Posas Road. Topanga Canyon Boulevard from Mullholland Drive to PCH, and Decker Road is closed from Portero to PCH.
At a Thursday morning incident briefing, officials announced the day's objectives for the Woolsey Fire. They include keeping the fire north of the Pacific Ocean, south of Interstate 118 and west of Topanga Canyon Boulevard.
A weather briefing informed firefighters that morning wind gusts would continue at 15 to 25 mph through 11 a.m. or noon, when the winds should shift to onshore winds that will continue to 8 or 9 p.m. Humidity levels continue to be a concern, holding in single digits.
Officials also confirmed an out-of-state firefighter was struck by a civilian vehicle Wednesday night near Deer Creek Road and PCH, which is near the Ventura-Malibu border, between Leo Carrillo State Park and Point Mugu State Park. The firefighter, who was not seriously injured, was transported to the hospital.
Wednesday 7:20 p.m. — Noteworthy updates for Wednesday evening included officials beginning repopulation of certain areas in eastern Malibu, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District announcing school would be out until at least Nov. 26 and the donation deliveries are now being allowed into evacuated areas.
Repopulation efforts began Wednesday afternoon for eastern Malibu. See this map for repopulation zones
In a lengthy release, SMMUSD explained school was canceled through Thanksgiving weekend, making Nov. 26 the earliest school would resume.
The district has also been proactive and will offer online education resources and transition information. Displaced famiiles, the district says, has an option to immediately contiue academics at a Santa Monica school or within neighboring districts.
It has also started working with colleges to explain the incident, in an effort to help seniors who are still applying. The district has received application extensions from University of California and California State campuses through Dec. 15.
On a case by case basis, emergency-response officials are also allowing the delivery of staple goods (food, water, fuel, etc.) to those already in Malibu, including evacuated areas.
Over the past couple days, volunteers have been delivering those staples via boat.
As of Wednesday evening, the Woolsey fire had grown to more than 98,000 acres (more than 150 square miles) and was 52 percent contained, LA County officials said.
Wednesday 12:12 p.m. Additional areas of the City of Malibu are to open at 2 p.m. today, LASD announced. Residents of Pacific Coast Highway from Carbon Canyon Road (east) to Webb Way (west), from the ocean to the northern City limit and in the neighborhoods of Serra Retreat and Sweetwater Mesa will be able to return home, with proper identification. A police checkpoint will be at Pacific Coast Highway and Carbon Canyon Road.
Malibu Colony and the Civic Center remain closed.
To see if your property is being repopulated today, visit https://goo.gl/sUCR5v.
Wednesday 10:20 a.m.: A third alleged victim of the Woolsey Fire was found Wednesday, Nov. 14, in a burnt residence in Agoura Hills, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.
The victim’s identity is not immediately being released, but the death is believed to have been fire-related, officials said.
The remains were found in the 32000 block of Lobo Canyon Road in Agoura Hills.
Tuesday 10 p.m.: A two-hour community meeting led by a variety of emergency-management leaders was meet with both cheers and jeers by those impacted by the Woolsey Fire who packed into Santa Monica High School.
Some frustrated residents seeking answers interrupted the regional and local officials, while Councilman Skylar Peak and City Manager Reva Feldman tried to keep the peace as they demanded to know when they could go to their homes.
While officials hoped repopulation was completed within the next few days, none gave a precise date.
"Can we stop yelling and come together as a community?" Feldman asked the crowd. "... We don't know when we'll be able to open up the city; you need to hear that. In the '93 fire, the city was closed for three weeks. ... We are doing everything we can."
As of the meeting, the Woolsey fire had spread more than 150 square miles (or 97,000 acres) and was 40 percent contained with 4,000 firefighters and 700 sheriff's deputies working the site.
Residents were urged to start registering with FEMA now, whether they knew about the status of their home or not. They were told to call FEMA at: (800) 621-3362.
At the meeting, Jefferson "Zuma Jay" Wagner's daughter Ava was emotional while giving an update on her injured father, telling the crowd that he had suffered carbon monoxide poisoning while fighting the fire that eventually claimed his home.
She said he has weeks of recovery ahead, as his lungs, airways and eyes had been damaged, but "He will recover, as our community recovers."
As the meeting rolled on, the banter subsided and officials eventually answered specific questions from residents.
Many questions centered on the fire response and the Los Angeles County Fire Department's allocation of resources, as some residents described a lack of response to burning homes.
Chief Deputy David Richardson said the unpredictability and swiftness of the fire made it difficult to control and follow, saying "In 32 years in the business, I've never seen fire activity [like that]."
Richardson also said the department had to "divert resources" to life-saving situations, where people who did not or could not evacuate Malibu called for emergency assistance.
The question of Pepperdine's decision to have those on campus shelter-in-place was again raised, but Richardson stuck by his department's previous statement that the university has a right to protect its students how it sees fit and said the decision did not pull resources away from other areas of Malibu.
Other questions concerned the City and region's notoriously rigorous permitting process. It was asked if local boards would relax or suspend some of its regulations, while many homeowners worked to rebuild.
Moderator Richard Bloom (D-50th Assembly), a former coastal commissioner, said historically in disaster aftermath, regulations have been relaxed, but he could not speak for the current commission. Peak, while not speaking for the entire City Council, pledged to do everything he could to expedite permitting for anyone rebuilding.
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati told residents that school would resume as soon as it could and hoped for Nov. 26, but with many district families and staff members displaced a precise date was difficult to predict.
The LA County Sheriff's Office Chief John Benedict said there has not yet been any reports of looting. He also received cheers when he said a plan was in place to deliver essentials — food, water and fuel — to those already in Malibu.
Other officials warned of scammers and price gougers trying to take advantage of the disaster, and Bloom told residents make sure not to give money to anyone unless they were sure of the beneficiary.
A small area of eastern Malibu was repopulated Tuesday and during that process, residents were allowed entry first. Benedict said that will be the procedure going forward as other areas of Malibu repopulated, as well.
Cellphone service is being restored as Verizon Wireless and AT&T work to install temporary cell towers throughout the city, but especially within the western side of the city.
Southern California Edison reported that 9,879 homes are without power and it has 80 crews working to restore that power and 20 crews assessing damage. With only half of the city assessed, the agency counted 600 power poles that needed to be replaced and had only replaced 100.
Tuesday 5 p.m.: Some residents of eastern Malibu and unincorporated Malibu are to be given access to their homes today, Nov. 13, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced.
Residents who live between Coastline to Carbon Mesa Road, and from the ocean to the northern city limits (with some exceptions) will be allowed past a LASD checkpoint on PCH and given entry, with proper identification.
A full closure remains in effect at Tuna Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway as well as on Rambla Pacifico Drive, 400 meters north of Pacific Coast Highway.
Employees of Malibu businesses will not be given access at this time.
All other evacuation orders remain in effect.
Residents may call the City at (310) 456-2489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Tuesday 3:12 p.m.: California State Parks revealed the status of many of its properties, including several in Malibu.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 13, structures lost at Leo Carrillo State Park and Malibu Creek State Park, both of which remained closed.
Structures burned through at Leo Carrillo include the visitor center, sector office, employee residences, three lifeguard towers, Leo Shop structures, the Junior Lifeguard Complex and several restrooms.
At Malibu Creek State Park, damage was incurred at employee residences, the historic Sepulveda Adobe, Hunt House (including historic Adamson rowboats), Red House, White Oak Barn and Reagan Ranch, a news release states.
“All department employees are accounted for and safe,” the release notes.
El Matador Beach also was burned, but the extent of the damage was unknown.
The following areas were closed, but not on fire: Point Mugu State Park, Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Point Dume State Beach, Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach, and Topanga State Park.
Tuesday 11:37 a.m.: In a Tuesday, Nov. 13 press conference, officials asked for the continued patience of the thousands of residents who have been evacuated from their homes.
“We want to get you home but, more important, we want you to be safe,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said.
Fire officials remain concerned about fire activity in the south end of Malibu Canyon, and are eyeing tough conditions ahead as they aim to prevent the fire from spreading to other parts of Malibu and Topanga Canyon. Wind conditions are expected to shift Thursday and Friday, presenting possible difficulties.
Looking ahead, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said officials are also preparing for potential mud flow, as rainfall is expected next week.
Osby added that the fire, which currently spans 96,314 acres, is the largest fire LA County has seen in the last century.
Current estimates indicate that 435 structures have been destroyed, and Osby said that number “is going to rise significantly,” as officials are surveying canyon areas on foot to further assess property damage.
The cause of the fire remains unknown, Osby said, as officials are looking at “all avenues and potential causes.” When asked by media if Southern California Edison would send a representative to the next press conference, Osby said he would reach out.
UPDATE Tuesday 10:25 a.m.: The entire city of Malibu is still under mandatory evacuation, even as other areas of once-evacuated Ventury and Los Angeles counties begin to repoulate.
Emergency-response officials continue to warn residents to stay away from Malibu, and barricades along Malibu access points support the orders.
The fire, which has spanned 93,000 acres, is 35 percent contained, and its destruction of 435 structures has been confirmed, according to officials, who said there is still much damage-assessment remains.
Pacific Coast Highway continues to be closed between Sunset Boulevard and Point Mugu, while the 101 northbound is open but with ramps closed between Liberty Canyon and Valley Circle.
An active burn map of the Woolsey Fire shows Malibu still covered from the city boundary to the west, to Malibu Canyon Road to the east and through the 101 to the north.
The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Center confirmed that the Woolsey Fire burned through 83 percent of its national-parks land. It is also hoping to locate five mountain lions and four bobcats. Eight mountain lions appear to be alive, thanks to GPS tracking devices, the organization said.
UPDATE Monday 7:35 p.m.: The Woolsey Fire was 30 percent contained as of 6:48 p.m., according to Cal Fire, the lead response agency.
Additionally, authorities are now estimating 435 struct ures have been destroyed as the fire swelled throughout 93,662 acres. Fifty-seven thousand structures are still reportedly threatened.
There is no update on civilian injuries or casualties, as those numbers are holding at three and two, respectively.
Currently fighting the fire are more than 3,500 firefighters across 55 crews, 450 fire engines, 22 helicopters, 23 bulldozers and 48 water tenders.
UPDATE Monday 5:07 p.m.: The Los Angeles County Fire Department and the City of Malibu will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall to provide updates to Malibu evacuees from the Woolsey Fire.
All impacted Malibu community members are encouraged to attend.
Attendees will hear from representatives of the LA County Fire Department, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, major utility companies, the City of Malibu, and state and local elected officials.
“My heart goes out to all those who have experienced losses,” said Mayor Rick Mullen, who is also a Los Angeles County Firefighter. “I know all of Malibu is anxious and wants to know when they can return to their homes. But the fire is still very active and dangerous and all of Malibu is under mandatory evacuation. I urge everyone to follow the directions of our emergency and law enforcement personnel. The City is doing everything possible to assist residents, and the community will come together to recover from this disaster, as we always do. We appreciate everyone’s patience.”
The meeting will be live streamed and can be viewed later on-demand at www.youtube.com/user/CityofMalibu/videos.
Parking will be free in the Civic Center Parking Structure, located at 330 Olympic Dr.
UPDATE Monday 3:22 p.m.: State officials are looking into if power company Southern California Edison was involved in the initiation of the Woolsey Fire.
Edison sent out a "Electric Safety Incident" notice to the California Public Utilities Commission Thursday evening, Nov. 8, stating that earlier that day "Our information reflects the Big Rock 16 kV circuit out of Chatsworth Substation at 2:22 p.m." near E Street and Alfa Road in unincorporated Ventura County.
The report also states that two minutes earlier, at 2:24 p.m., is when "preliminary information indicates the Woolsey Fire was reported" near E Street and Alfa in unincorporated Ventura County.
Neither the commission nor Southern Cal Edison returned immediate requests for comment.
UPDATE Monday 11:45 a.m.: The number of structures lost in the Woolsey Fire is now estimated at 370 structures, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said in an 11 a.m. press conference Monday, Nov. 12.
“Although we’ve lost over 300 structures, we’ve estimated that there are over 5,700 structures that are still here,” Osby said. “ ... We had all available firefighters doing all that they can to protect all the structures they could.”
The fire is currently estimated to span 91,572 acres, with 20 percent containment.
No new deaths have been reported, and details remain slim on the two killed on Mulholland Highway.
Two new fires, both of which are threatening structures, have been reported in Ventura County, with LA County, LA City and Ventura County fire departments offering resources to those incidents.
No additional press conferences are scheduled for today at this time.
UPDATE Monday 7:45 a.m.: Malibu residents shared their concerns with local and regional officials during an informational meeting hosted by State Sen. Henry Stern, who grew up in Malibu, Sunday evening, Nov. 11, at Taft Charter High School.
Local and state officials led the briefing.
“I have been in Malibu all day and I have seen the damage, and it is devastating,” City Councilmember Skylar Peak said. “I think we have lost at least 170 homes. ... It is like Armageddon.”
Residents voiced vociferous frustration about first responders being understaffed, stating there were not enough patrol cars to warn residents about the surging fires and not enough first responders to fight them.
While officials have pleaded residents to heed evacuation orders, multiple residents said many of those who stayed are the ones who saved their homes. Authorities, however, have reiterated that doing so is unsafe and can hinder emergency response.
“There was no one from anywhere on Point Dume to fight the fire and there was no one on Busch Drive,” said Frances Murray, a resident of Point Dume. “I am so furious, and the damage would have been even worse if some brave citizens had not remained back and personally saved many structures by doing things such as getting water from pools and fighting the fires on their own.”
Stern noted that he grew up on Point Dume and that he shared the frustrations of citizens.
“I won’t rest until we get answers,” he said. “Although we have the best firefighters and first responders in the world, bar none, we have to take a serious look at what happened, but this was unprecedented and we had a 14-mile wall of flames racing down the mountain at close to 100 miles an hour at times.”
Citizens expressed frustration that they were not receiving information about when they can re-enter their homes and how they can start to rebuild.
On that front, some residents hoped for flexibility in the City's notoriously rigorous regulatory system.
“The real problem is that were are no real information sources and that resources were scarce when the fire happened,” attendee Steven Weinberg told Malibu Surfside News. “The problem going forward is that the City must deal with the rebuilding of this magnitude, and it will have to adjust from the norm where it takes eight months just to get a pool permit. That process must be expedited because, otherwise, there will be a huge amount of people who will be homeless for a long time.”
Chris Thompson, a representative for Southern California Edison, stated that a brief respite in winds had allowed the utility to conduct an initial damage assessment, as power outages in Woolsey Fire's coverage area are down to 9,000 homes.
Thompson added at leaset 70 power poles must be replaced and many downed poles would necessitate helicopter and ground crews coordinating replacement installations.
Residents also inquired about mail, which Stern said will be held at the post office, and about schools’ efforts to help students who need to continue their studies.
“We are trying to coordinate academics for the students,” SMMUSD Superintendent Ben Drati said. “A lot of activities, such as seniors talking to colleges, was ongoing when this happened and we are making every effort to facilitate those activities continuing on.”
Stern, who grew up in Malibu, was positive about the community’s future.
“I believe in the resilience of Malibu and although our resilience and faith will be strongly tested, I believe Malibu will come back stronger than before,” Stern said.
UPDATE Sunday 5 p.m.: Residents of Malibu, Agoura, Calabasas, Hidden Hills and Westlake Village are urged to remain evacuated as officials continue to battle the fire around the clock.
LA County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said today was "encouraging." Despite some flare-ups, the fire has not expanded beyond its perimeter and no additional structures were lost today, he said.
"We're looking forward to more success tonight and tomorrow," Osby said.
Officials are still conducting assessments of structures that have been destroyed, with the current estimate remaining at 177.
The investigation into the two deaths on Mulholland continues, with no identification being released, though officials believe the individuals were adults.
"Detectives believe that the driver may have become disoriented while evacuating the area, and the vehicle was overcome by fire," said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Cmdr. Scott Gage.
At Pepperdine University, 3,500 students remain safely sheltered in place with adequate resources, Gage said.
The majority of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will be working 12-hour rotational shifts, Gage added, allowing 500 deputy sheriffs to be deployed in the area on a 24-hour basis.
UPDATE Sunday 1:32 p.m.: City of Malibu Mayor Rick Mullen announced in a press release that the city will be hosting a town hall meeting for concerned residents at 5 p.m. at Taft Charter High School, 5461 Winnetka Ave. in Woodland Hills.
Mullen also urged Malibu residents to evacuate and stay out of city limits.
"We know this is an extremely stressful time, and our primary concern is for your safety," Mullen said. "Be vigilant and heed the direction of our public safety officials, which will help them do their work to protect your homes."
Calls to Malibu's City Hall at (310) 456-2489 are being rerouted to its emergency operations center in Santa Monica, and Mullen promoted the City's social media channels.
UPDATE Sunday 10:32 a.m.: At a Saturday morning press conference an emotional Skylar Peak, a longtime Malibu resident, informed media that his fellow councilmember Jefferson "Zuma Jay" Wagner had been hospitalized after his home was burned down by the Woolsey wildfire.
No more information on Wagner was immedaitely available.
Peak also said that by his personal count more than 50 homes just on Point Dume were burned by the fire.
"It makes my heart wrench to see the loss that has hit my community," Peak said.
Peak and several other area officials focused on urging remaining community members to heed evacuation orders and those who have evacuated not to return until emergency management personnel say to.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said emergency units are especially concerned about the increased winds on Sunday, which he said could peak at 40 mph and threatens all "unburned areas," including homes and brush.
Osby, as well as other officials, said while the fire may appear less intense in some areas, the conditions can and will cause it to quickly spread.
"For those not evacuated, I can't it emphasize enough," he said. "There are numerous examples of people not evacuating who have then died. I can't imagine being asked to leave my home, but it is for your safety. ... We can't bring your life back."
Update 6 a.m.: The latest from LA County Fire states that the fire is 5 percent contained, with expected full containment on Thursday, Nov. 15.
The fire has swelled to 83,275 acres, destroying 177 structures, damaging two and threatening 57,000 said the latest bulletin, posted at 9 p.m. last night. There are no firefighter injuries or fatalities to report, and two civilian fatalaties to date.
"Due to extreme fire behavior, firefighting efforts have been focused, and will remain focused, on the protection of life, and structures," the LA County Fire Department's advisory states. "Due to decreased winds, crews have been able to implement and reinforce existing containment lines. Crews will continue to battle steep terrain, limited access, and extreme fire behavior."
Update 5:23 p.m.: Officials told area residents during a press conference that started at 4:30 p.m. that following a “reprieve from Mother Nature,” they are bracing for another battle Sunday.
Firefighters are starting that battle now, laying down fire retardant, with people expected to be working all night on containment lines.
“We aren’t out of it yet,” Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks said. “There’s going to be some strong winds tomorrow.”
“Right now, mother nature has given us a short reprieve,” Ventura County Fire Department Chief Mark Lorenzen said, noting tomorrow will be a different story, “Stay vigilant. Please help us help you.”
Again, several officials reiterated that mandatory evacuations, including one for Malibu, are still in effect. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Chief John Benedict noted roughly 50,000 homes and 170,000 residents have been impacted by the evacuations, but it was crucial that they “be patient” with first responders working through the fires and refrain from attempting to return to their homes
“Please do not go back into those areas,” he said. “It’s still not safe.”
Benedict also provided a brief update on the investigation into two people found dead in the fire’s path. He said two people were found “severely burned” inside a vehicle on a residential driveway, but he had no further information to share, with the investigation ongoing.
He added that while police have had no looting incidents on records at the time of the press conference, anyone doing so would be arrested and prosecuted.
“We have zero tolerance for looters,” he said.
He said when roads are eventually cleared and the area made safe, residents would need to provide proper identification when coming back to the area.
LA Fire Department Deputy Chief Trevor Richmond noted 10 strike teams are dedicated to battling the Woolsey Fire, primarily in the Bell Canyon area. He added that fresh crews are preparing for the wind event tomorrow.
Officials also noted engines were coming in from surrounding states to help battle the fires.
And Agoura Hills City Council Member Linda Northrup reminded residents that air quality is an issue, and people in the area should wear particulate masks when outdoors.
Update 5 p.m.: Santa Monica is making hotel rooms available for evacuees, according to a post from the City of Malibu.
Several hotels in Santa Monica, including facilities that have family accommodations or accept small pets, have made rooms available, according to the post. The link below includes hotels available as of Nov. 10, including cost information.
Update 3:55 p.m.: Mandatory evacuation orders remain in effect for the city of Malibu, according to an update on the Woolsey Fire posted at 2:30 p.m. to the City’s website. No one is being permitted to re-enter Malibu until further notice, with fires still burning in “several” areas of the city.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department and other first responders are estimated the fire to be at 70,000 acres, as of the update, with 0 percent of it contained.
All SMMUSD schools in Malibu are to be closed Monday, Nov. 12 (a school holiday), Tuesday, Nov. 13, and Wednesday, Nov. 14, according to the update. Parents should already have received an email notification from the district.
The Red Flag Warning has been extended through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, and ongoing and intermittent power outages continue because of both weather and fire conditions.
PCH remains closed to all traffic between LA/Ventura County line and Sunset Boulevard, while the 101 Freeway is closed between Reyes Adobe and Valley Circle.
UPDATE 1:45 p.m. The City of Malibu has set up an emergency information and resource website for those affected by the Woolsey wildfire and those looking to help.
The website, www.malibucity.org/woolsey, includes the most recent confirmed news on the fire, including size and scope, and updated information about evacuation centers, animal evacuation and road closures.
The site also includes info on how you can donate and how to sign up for emergency alerts. At the site is also a link identifying "safe" residents. You can add your name to the database or search for a name.
The City of Malibu is co-operating an emergency operations center in Santa Monica, contrary to a report last night that it would be in Lost Hills, according to Matt Myerhoff, the city's media information officer. Emergency agencies are using the facility as a hub for everything from communications to strategy.
Myerhoff said that areas of Malibu that have been significantly affected by the wildfire include Point Dume, including the mobile-home park Point Dume Club; Malibu Park, along Morning Side Drive in west Malibu above Zuma Beach; and near Trancas Canyon.
Other impacted areas have not been confirmed by authorities.
Repopulation of Malibu is not imminent as authorities are only allowing emergency personnel and media members to enter the city, Myerhoff said.
Emergency response teams are taking advantage of mild climate Saturday, Nov. 10; however, the City of Malibu extended its Red Flag Warning, indicating fire-friendly conditions, until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.
UPDATE 1:20 p.m: Pepperdine University has decided to close its offices and cancel all classes and events on the Malibu and Calabasas campuses from Nov. 11–13. The City of Malibu has also canceled its Veterans Day event, scheduled for Nov. 11.
UPDATE 12:35 p.m.: Los Angeles authorities requested assistance around 12:30 p.m. from Edison and SoCal Gas for multiple ruptured gas lines near Point Dume.
Officials have said repopulation is not imminent; however, issues like broken gas lines and downed power lines will delay any efforts to do so. Currently, they are hindering any structure defense from emergency responders.
UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Emergency-response agencies hope to “take advantage” of steadier climate Saturday to secure at least some containment of the Woolsey wildfire, according to a press conference on Saturday morning, Nov. 10.
Numerous structures have been lost in Los Angeles County communities, including Malibu, said LA County Fire Chief Daryl Osby, who added the fire conditions were the toughest his team had ever seen.
“It was a tough night,” Osby said. “... I can tell you from our perspectives we did lose a lot of homes, but kudos to the firefighters, we also saved thousands of homes.”
Among the firefighters’ objectives for Saturday, Osby said, were to fight the perimeter of the fire along Bell Canyon to the east, Malibu Canyon to the west and near Pacific Coast Highway to the south.
Osby added that teams are also deployed to assess the scope of the fire’s destruction.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Chief John Benedict again confirmed that two individuals from the fire’s path — near Mullholland Highway — are dead; however, the nature of their deaths is unknown as investigators work on the case.
As a deadly wildfire continues to burn in Northern California, Osby pointed out, state resources are stretched thin, but he does anticipate aid from neighboring states, like Arizona, throughout the next couple days.
Osby also downplayed a controversial situation at Pepperdine University, where despite law-enforcement mandates, administrators invoked a shelter-in-place order that kept many students and staffers on-site.
“We believe it was a good decision not to put students in harm’s way,” he said, later adding, “At that moment, it wasn’t safe, so we protected them where they were and were successful.”
While Osby said that fire-response teams are challenged by residents and animals who have not evacuated, he did not believe the situation at Pepperdine took resources away from response teams.
No people were reported injured and no permanent buildings were reported damaged on the Pepperdine campus.
With a “lull” in the fire-friendly weather Saturday, Osby said his teams expect “topography-type fires” moving upward with a slight wind off the Pacific Ocean.
Santa Ana winds, however, are forecasted to return Sunday, Nov. 11, and possible continue through Tuesday, Nov. 13.
UPDATE 8:13 a.m.: Flames on the hillside near Pepperdine University were extinguished Saturday morning, Nov. 10, according to a release from the college.
Pepperdine has now lifted its shelter-in-place order, which kept thousands of students on the campus as the Woolsey fire neared. It was a decision some critcized, as Pepperdine administration went against the orders of emergency responders.
According to the school's president, Andrew Benton, the university's buildings were built to withstand wildfires. He called Pepperdine "the safest place" in Malibu.
UPDATE Saturday 7:45 a.m.: Overnight, the Woolsey fire consumed more of Malibu, with reports and photo evidence of multiple mobile homes lost in Point Dume Club, across Point Dume and along Kanan Dume Road, among other locations.
A press conference where emergency officials will provide the latest information is tenatively scheduled for 9:30 a.m. It will be led by Los Angeles County and Ventury County emergency response teams, and like Friday's press conference, it will be held at Conejo Creek Park in Thousand Oaks.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's confirmed early Saturday morning two people were dead from undetermined causes in the Malibu burn area, off Mullholland Highway. The fire was preventing homicide detectives from approaching the scene, the county said in a release. There are no official reports of injuries or lost of life from the fire, which is still uncontained through more than 70,000 acres as of a LA County report around 8:15 a.m.
Many media outlets and residents are providing information on Twitter and other social media channels; however, much misinformation is also being spread. Contrary to some viral reports, the iconic Rock Store on Mullholland Highway is still standing and Stanley the Giraffe of Malibu Wines Safaris is unharmed and has been moved off the premesis.
UPDATE 7:18 p.m.: The paramount message City of Malibu Media Information Officer Matt Myerhoff wanted to get to residents was to listen to emergency professionals.
"Homes can be rebuilt, but lives cannot be restored, if they are lost," Myerhoff said. "The entire city will not burn down. If they tell you to get out, you really have to do it."
Myerhoff said that most Malibu residents had heeded officials' orders to evacuate the city, as the Woolsey wildfire invaded Malibu as far as the Pacific Ocean "in some places like Zuma Beach."
While the City was aware of a number of structures within its limits that had been burned or destroyed, Myerhoff said there was no official count, as the fast-moving fire was stretching thin emergency-response resources.
There also were no confirmed injuries or deaths as of 6 p.m.
As the City was evacuated, traffic swelled in the eastbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway, causing major delays. This led the California Department of Transportion and the California Highway Patrol to close half of PCH to convert it to a four-lane, one-way roadway heading east — something that has not happened before, as far as Myerhoff knew.
When Myerhoff headed east on PCH around 4 p.m., he said Malibu was a "ghost town" outside of a handful of individuals. He said residents' knowledge of and diligence to the process streamlined the evacuation as much as possible.
"People in Malibu are ... aware and well-trained for this," Myerhoff said. "It's still scary and terrifying ... but it's top of mind all year around."
The City was planning to operate an emergency operation center at the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station, 27050 Agoura Road, in the Lost Hills area; however, Myerhoff pointed out, increased danger in that area could change the City's plans.
City buildings are closed and its programming halted until further notice, and updates will be posted to the City's website and social media accounts, he said.
"No one should come back into town until it's safe," he said. "The fire is burning out of control."
UPDATE: 5:15 p.m.: A number of area officials held a press conference at 4:30 p.m. to address the situation, Ventura County Fire Department Chief Mark Lorenzen noted the Woolsey Fire, in particular, has “grown significantly” and firefighters are still experiencing problems battling it. It reportedly has grown to 35,000 acres.
“Even though the wind has died down, stay on guard,” he told area residents.
Many officials reiterated that people need to comply with the mandatory evacuations for both their own safety and that of first responders.
“If you get an evacuation order, please evacuate,” LA County Fire Department Fire Chief Daryl Osby said. “We’re doing it for your safety and to protect your home.”
He noted firefighters have been hindered and put at risk by people staying behind.
Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks said, “It’s all about saving your life, not your property.”
Osby added the fire had jumped the 101 Freeway at three locations, with winds at roughly 30 miles per hour at the time. He said those winds' gusts and visibility issues have made it hard to use aircraft in battling the fire. He expected those problems to continue through a “wind event” anticipated Sunday.
“There’s not going to be any relief in relation to this firefight,” he said.
LA Fire Department Deputy Chief Trevor Richmond added that “significant resources” are “actively engaged in protecting structures and saving lives” and done through combined efforts with agencies, but Osby noted fire officials are competing for resources with incidents around the state.
He also noted a “significant number of structures that were lost,” but did not provide specific numbers.
LA County Sheriff’s Department Chief John Benedict said roughly 600 law enforcement personnel are working on the fires, conducting evacuations and working to keep property secure. He said evacuations were “going very well,” but reminded people to move as quickly as possible when responders knock at the door.
“We need to get fire equipment in there,” he said. “We need to get evacuees out as quickly as possible.”
Police noted they have been working to push traffic southbound, working with Santa Monica, Los Angeles and Caltrans to keep traffic moving.
UPDATE 4 p.m.: An update from the Ventura County Fire Department states the fire has destroyed multiple homes from Simi Valley down to Pacific Coast Highway.
The release states the fire is in Malibu, near Pacific Coast Highway, and firefighters are focused "on life safety and structure defense."
Officials cannot, however, assess damage because of the pace and vastness of the fire.
The Ventura County fire information line is (805) 465-6550. A press conference is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in Thousand Oaks.
UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: The Point Dume Mobile Home Park has caught fire and officials are working to evacuate the area, according to the Los Angeles County scanner.
The mobile home park is located on the oceanside of Pacific Coast Highway in a storied area of Malibu, Point Dume.
There are no reported injuries at this time.
Additionally, on the far west end of town, structures on both sides of PCH are reportedly on fire near the Ventura County Fire Station 56, located between Neptune's Net restaurant and Malibu Bay Club.
The fire department closed PCH at that spot after they were almost hit by a passing vehicle, according to Ventury County officials.
UPDATE 2:50 p.m.: Multiple Malibu homes have been burned or are burning from the fast-moving Woolsey wildfire, according to videos and photos from Los Angeles County fire responders.
The first Malibu structures to be affected by the blaze, which has now covered more than 14,000 acres, were in the less-populated Boney and Santa Monica mountains; however, LA County has reported the fire has jumped Pacific Coast Highway near Kanan Dume Road.
And other reports say multiple homes off Morning Side Drive near Malibu High School have been "lost."
UPDATE 2:34 p.m.: The Woolsey fire made its way to and jumped Pacific Coast Highway at Kanan Dume Road around 2:26 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The department requested "immediate air support," according to a post on its Twitter account.
Also, the Los Angeles County Waterworks is encouraging residents to stop irrigation to save resources for firefighters.
UPDATE 1:27 p.m.: The wildfire raging toward Malibu is descending down Trancas Canyon and approaching the Malibu West community.
There have been no confirmed injuries in Malibu; however, officials have confirmed Malibu residences in the hills have been affected and even burned down.
Around noon, the City of Malibu urged all residents to leave the city limits.
At Pepperdine University, a shelter-in-place order was lifted; however, anyone on campus is "encouraged to remain on campus due to road closures and severe congestion restricting travel."
PCH, the main source of the congestion, has been made into four eastbound lanes to assist evacuees.
UPDATE 1:07: Los Angeles County Fire announced it will cohost a press conference at 4:30 p.m. at Conejo Creek Park South, 1300 E. Janss Road, in Thousand Oaks to give the latest updates on the Woolsey Fire.
The county's public information officer confirmed the fire had stretched 14,000 acres with 0 percent containment.
UPDATE 12:50 p.m.: To help assist Malibu evacuation, local authorities are opening a four-lane Pacific Coast Highway by closing both northbround lanes, according to the City of Malibu.
Since about 8 a.m., traffic has been growing on PCH, eventually making it a multiple-hour drive out of town for evacuees.
UPDATE: 12:10 p.m.: The City of Malibu is urging all residents to evacuate as, it tweets, "the fire is burning out of control, heading into populated areas of Malibu. All residents are being told to evacuate now."
According to Surfside sources, many residents have avoided leaving because of congested traffic on Pacific Coast Highway. Earlier, the City reported that northbound Pacific Coast Highway was closed from Webb Way near City Hall to the city limits past Leo Carrillo Beach.
The fire had spread over 14,000 acres as of noon, according to the Ventura County Fire Department, which stated around 11:40 a.m. that Malibu's Trancas Road would be "heavily impacted."
Homes were reportedly engulfed and destroyed on Mullholland Highway near Shadow Creek, which is west of Paramount Ranch where a novelty western village burned to the ground.
UPDATE 11:40 a.m.: The Woolsey Fire has now covered 10,000 acres, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.
UPDATE 11:27 a.m.: Reports of multiple structures, including homes, burning at Mullholland Highway and Shadow Creek.
That location is just west of Malibu Lake and Paramount Ranch.
There also is a report of a female senior citizen who needs assistance evacuating with large animals (horses and dogs) from near Malibu High School.
UPDATE 10:51 a.m.: The fire is in plain view for Malibu residents who live above and below Pacific Coast Highway, which is currently at a near standstill as residents try to evacuate the area.
Many of the residents, like Alexis Bohas and her dog, Gordon, have found their way to the parking lot of Zuma Beach.
"There's really no way out. PCH is a trap," Bohas said. "I'd rather be somewhere where I can move around and if I need to, I can always go in the water."
Bohas said it appears the fire is progressing toward Malibu near Trancas Canyon, as she was in view of flames in the area.
At Zuma Beach, Bohas said there are currently about 100 people and a number of animals, including goats and horses. She said there is a horse corral set up on the beach.
Surfside News reporter Suzanne Guldimann was staying inside her home on Pt. Dume, as she agreed that the traffic on PCH left limited options for evacuees.
Guldimann, who is currently authoring a book on the history of Malibu, said the blaze is following a similar path as the infamous and devestating Agoura-Malibu fire of 1978, when 25,000 acres were consumed and more than 200 buildings were destroyed.