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Woolsey fire grows to 97,000+ acres, 40 percent containment

Posted at 9:41 AM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 21:47:45-05

UPDATE (6:45 p.m.) – CAL FIRE says the Woolsey Fire has now grown to 97,114 acres, but containment has risen to 40 percent.

57,000 structures remain threatened.

An estimated 435 structures have been destroyed, and two have been damaged.

Woolsey Fire press briefing

Fire officials provide an update on the Woolsey and Hill Fires burning in Southern California

Posted by KSBY on Tuesday, November 13, 2018

UPDATE (11:55 a.m.) – Authorities say destruction from Southern California’s huge wildfire will be significantly higher than the 435 structures already counted as destroyed.

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said at a press conference Tuesday that authorities are assessing damage from the 150-square-mile Woolsey Fire. Personnel are checking many canyon areas by foot, which will take several days.

Authorities say risk from the fire has dropped significantly, with people going home to many areas that were evacuated when the blaze broke out last Thursday.

Planes and helicopters are attacking a huge flare-up in a mountain wilderness area on the Ventura County side of the fire.

Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen says winds are pushing those flames away from nearby communities and he’s confident they’re safe.

Forecasters say rain could fall next week, raising concerns about mudflows.


UPDATE (11:25 a.m.) – At a press conference, fire officials said Tuesday morning’s flare-up in the Carlisle Canyon area occurred as the Woolsey Fire reached a large, unburned canyon and the wind pushed it up the peak. They say the wind is currently pushing the fire away from populated areas and they are confident the community is safe.

CAL FIRE said .5 million gallons of fire retardant and 1.5 million gallons of water have been dropped on the wildfires in Southern California in the past week.


UPDATE (10:05 a.m.) – A flare-up at the Woolsey Fire Tuesday morning is once again putting up a large plume of smoke over Southern California.

The spot fire is burning in the Carlisle Canyon area.

Fire officials say resources from other areas of the fire are responding.


UPDATE (9:39 a.m.) – The California Highway Patrol says increased fire activity Tuesday could prompt more evacuations.  Residents in the area and downhill of Carlisle Canyon, Lake Sherwood and Boney Mountain are being told to be prepared to leave.


(7:10 a.m.) – The Woolsey Fire burning in Southern California has now burned 96,314 acres and is 35 percent contained.

Fire officials released the latest numbers Tuesday morning.

Critical fire danger continues Tuesday morning as returning Santa Ana winds have fire officials hoping new blazes don’t erupt.

The fire is being attributed to two deaths and the loss of at least 435 buildings since breaking out Thursday in Ventura County.

Some people have been allowed to return to their homes in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village.

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

The nearby Hill Fire has burned 4,531 acres and is 90 percent contained Tuesday morning.

The causes of both fires are under investigation.

This is a developing story and will be updated when new information is available.