Mass Shooting Evacuation Center Doubles as Shelter for Woolsey Fire Evacuees

A screenshot showing helicopter footage of the Hill Fire on Thursday Nov. 8 2018

The Los Angeles county fire department tweets that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!"

For the latest updates, visit the Ventura County Fire Department, Public Information Officer Twitter here.

The Ventura County Fire Department reports structures, outbuildings, and vehicles have been damaged and destroyed.

On Thursday at 2:25 p.m., a second brush fire ignited in the area of Rocketdyne, south of the City of Simi Valley, called the Woolsey Fire. The Ventura County Fire Department has ordered evacuation of some communities in the path of the fire, which erupted a few miles from the site of Wednesday night's deadly mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar.

Cal State Channel Islands has ordered a mandatory evacuation of the campus due to the fire, and all classes and activities have been canceled this evening, according to a news release from campus officials.

Approximately 75,000 homes are under evacuation orders in Ventura and Los Angeles counties Friday morning.

The blaze that started Thursday morning east of Paradise and decimated the town also spread to the west. While there have been injuries from the fire, there's no official tally of how many civilians and firefighters were hurt or possibly killed.

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Fanned by high winds and fueled by low humidity and dry vegetation, the fires spread rapidly Thursday and overnight into Friday.

In Northern California's Butte County, a huge brush fire devasted the town of Paradise, where 1,000 structures were lost.

L.A. County Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Trey Espy confirmed 15 to 20 homes were impacted in the area of Kellwood Ct. and Churchwood Dr. and additional homes were impacted in nearby areas.

Firefighters cited heavy winds, kicking up to 20 to 25 miles per hour, and hard terrain as challenges in effectively fighting the fire.

The fire reached an estimated 60 percent containment as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Suisun Fire Protection District reported.

The fire had crossed USA 101 a few miles east of Thousand Oaks - the site of Wednesday night's bar shooting massacre - and was headed south to the Pacific coast, in the direction of Malibu Creek State Park, the city of Malibu and Pepperdine University, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. No roadways were closed as of Friday.

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