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Woolsey Fire now 30% contained, 93,000+ acres burned

Posted at 8:00 AM, Nov 12, 2018

UPDATE (8:45 p.m.) – Firefighters say 435 buildings were destroyed in the Woolsey Fire. Most of those buildings were homes.

Authorities are looking through burned-out neighborhoods to figure out the exact extent of the damage.

24 buildings have been damaged.


UPDATE (8:30 p.m.) – Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted for several communities affected by the Woolsey Fire.

CAL FIRE announced Monday night that the communities of West Hills and Bell Canyon were no longer under mandatory evacuation orders, but said Southern California Edison could still have electrical outages in the area.

Mandatory evacuation orders were also lifted in the Thousand Oaks area, east of Potrero Road and Westlake Boulevard, west of the Ventura/Los Angeles county line, and south of Highway 101. Firefighters say there could be utility outages in that area as well, so people are asked to be careful when returning home.


UPDATE (6:55 p.m.) – Firefighters are making progress on the Woolsey Fire burning in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

CAL FIRE announced Monday evening that the fire now stands at 93,662 acres, which is an increase of a couple thousand acres compared to Monday morning.

The fire is now 30 percent contained, up from 20 percent containment.

Firefighters are also making gains on the nearby Hill Fire, which is burning near Newbury Park. As of Monday evening, the fire burned 4,531 acres and was 85 percent contained.

 


Fire officials provide an update on the Woolsey Fire.

Posted by KSBY on Monday, November 12, 2018

UPDATE (12:10 p.m.) – Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby says he expects further damage assessments to show that hundreds more homes have been lost on top of the 370 already counted as lost in Southern California’s huge wildfires.

Osby also emphasized Monday that about 57,000 homes have been saved from the so-called Woolsey fire, which burned along a path about 20 miles long and 14 miles wide.

Residents have been allowed to return home in some areas, but Osby says at least 200,000 people remain evacuated.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Osby says nothing has been ruled out.


 

UPDATE (9:20 a.m.) – Preliminary estimates by fire officials show more than 370 structures have been destroyed by the Woolsey Fire. Another 57,000 are still threatened.

The entire City of Calabasas remains under an evacuation order, along with West Hills, west of Valley Circle Boulevard to the Ventura County line to Roscoe and Vanowen. In Ventura County, the entire community of Bell Canyon is under an evacuation order along with the area south of Highway 101, east of Reino Road, north of Potero Road, east to the L.A./Ventura Co. line.

Highway 101 has reopened.



(8:00 a.m.) – The Woolsey Fire burning in Southern California has now burned 91,572 acres and is 20 percent contained.

The latest numbers were released Monday morning.

Monday’s forecast calls for continuing critical fire danger due to gusty Santa Ana winds and extremely low humidity levels. Those conditions are expected to last through Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday.

The fire is being attributed to two deaths and the loss of at least 177 buildings since breaking out Thursday in Ventura County.

Some people were allowed to return to evacuated areas Sunday night.

A press briefing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday and will be streamed live on KSBY.com.

The nearby Hill Fire has burned 4,531 acres and was 80 percent contained Monday morning.

The causes of both fires are under investigation.