Malibu evacuated as California Woolsey wildfire rages across beachside communities

The beachside community of Malibu and at least 75,000 homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties have been evacuated as multiple wildfires raged across California

Two fires burning in the region increased in size and scope just before the weekend, as the Woolsey Fire remained zero per cent contained as of Friday morning. 

Meanwhile, flames have taken over more than 8,000 acres of land and jumped over the south-side of the 101 Freeway, effectively shutting down miles of roadway into the Calabasas area. 

“It’s a mandatory evacuation, what that means is, you don’t have to leave, we want you to leave,” Ventura County Fire spokesman Rich Macklan told reporters Friday. “But people know they can’t get back in once they do leave. We want people to leave early, when firefighters ask you to, because firefighting equipment needs to come in and do their work.”

He added, “If you leave early, it helps us tremendously.

Schools were closed in the Las Virgines Unified School District, located in Calabasas throughout Friday, as Malibu Search and Rescue ordered residents of Las Virgenes Road and those near the Ventura Freeway and Mulholland Highway to leave the area.

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