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Woolsey Fire burns 98,362 acres, 52% contained

Posted at 6:59 AM, Nov 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 00:38:44-05

UPDATE (9:30 p.m.) – Firefighters say the Woolsey Fire grew to 98,362 acres Wednesday, but containment also grew to 52 percent.

57,000 structures are threatened.

At least 504 structures are destroyed, and 96 are damaged.

Three deaths are blamed on the fire.

UPDATE (10 a.m.) – Authorities say they are investigating a third fire-related death in the burn zone of the Woolsey Fire.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday that human remains were found in a burned home in the Agoura Hills area.

Two deaths were previously reported from the Woolsey Fire. Two adults were found in a car that was scorched last week. They have not been identified at this time.


UPDATE (8:30 a.m.) – Incident commanders say the Woolsey Fire is expected to transition to a “backing fire” around noon when onshore winds are expected to return.


(7 a.m.) – The Woolsey Fire burning in Southern California has now burned 97,620 acres and is 47 percent contained.

Fire officials released the latest numbers Wednesday morning.

Some people are returning to their homes after being evacuated, but fire officials say the threat is far from over.

Forecasters say the relentless winds that caused the flames to rapidly spread could begin to diminish on Wednesday.

The fire has caused two deaths and destroyed 483 structures since breaking out Thursday in Ventura County.

The Hill Fire, which also broke out Thursday in Ventura County, is nearing full containment at 94 percent. Fire officials say it has burned 4,531 acres.

The causes of both fires are under investigation.

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