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The Woolsey brush fire has apparently claimed another victim.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirms the discovery of a body in the Agoura Hills area which appears to be related to the fire. The agency hasn’t released the specifics or identity of the person.

A group of people is busy setting up a roadside booth just off of Highway 101, in Agoura Hills. Madison Buckley is trying to drum up business, with a sign which says “Breakfast Burritos.” But, these burritos aren’t for sale. They are for firefighters returning from the fire lines, or just getting ready to start their shifts.

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A water district which serves parts of the Conejo Valley suffered major damage during the Woolsey Fire, but officials say they were able to keep water supplies flowing in most spots as the blaze moved through the area.

The Los Virgenes Municipal Water District suffered fire damage to its water filtration and composting facilities.

A community meeting is planned for Ventura County residents affected by the Woolsey brush fire. Wednesday night’s event will address issues like debris removal, rental assistance for fire victims, and public health concerns. It will also look ahead at potential flooding concerns when we get rainfall.

The massive Woolsey fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties reminded people Tuesday that it's still far from being under control.  A flareup in the rugged mountains northwest of Lake Sherwood sent a massive plume of smoke into the air which was visible as far away as Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

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Firefighters have been battling a flareup of the Woolsey Fire burning in the Santa Monica Mountains, and as of 11 a.m. have gained the upper hand.

The fire is burning near Yerba Buena Road, west of Lake Sherwood, and near Mount Boney, a popular hiking area for the Conejo Valley.

There’s been a spike in the number of structures believed to be destroyed by the destructive Woolsey brush fire in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The latest numbers go from nearly 380 structures lost to 435, with the survey work still ongoing.

No major flareups were reported Monday, with the acreage burned moving to just over 93,000 acres, and containment improving from 20% to 30%.

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It’s dusk, and the Santa Ana winds are whipping through the parking lot of the Thousand Oaks Teen Center.

Dan Porter is standing next to his parked car, looking at the smoke from the Woolsey fire drifting above the Santa Monica Mountains. He’s calm, in fact, especially calm for someone who doesn’t know whether some of that smoke could be from the mobile home he’s lived in for more than four decades.

There’s been a shift in shelter facilities in the Conejo Valley for evacuees from the Woolsey fire.

All of the shelters have been consolidated into one location, at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

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It wasn’t just hundreds of thousands of people forced to evacuate in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties due to the Woolsey and Hill brush fires.

Thousands of animals have also been impacted.

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Southern California Edison equips key pieces of electrical infrastructure with sensors and relays. When the sensor picks up a disturbance, it sends a signal to the relay to shut the power off.

According to a report that Southern California Edison filed with the California Public Utilities Commission, that’s what happened two minutes before the Woolsey fire was reported.

(Photo by Capt Tim Gailey/Santa barbara County Fire Department)

Firefighters now say their latest estimate is that the Woolsey brush fire in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties has destroyed 370 structures.

The 91,000 acre blaze is now 20% contained, with full containment projected for later this week.

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Evacuation orders were lifted Sunday night for some areas of Ventura County impacted by the Woolsey Fire.

Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted for the area of Newbury Park bounded by Lynn Road, Portero Road west of Westlake Boulevard and south of Highway 101.

(Photo by David Neels/Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Santa Ana winds kicked up as predicted Sunday in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, but firefighters were able to keep the 85,000 acre Woolsey brush fire from growing substantially.

The massive blaze is 15% contained.  Air tankers and helicopters were used during the day to try to stem flareups of the fire, which was focused in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Hundreds of people in Ventura and Los Angeles counties have lost their homes due to the ferocious Woolsey Fire. 

Westlake Village resident Karen Anzalone said she was one of the victims. She lived with her son and mother in a mobile home park on Sherwood Drive, but the Woolsey Fire has reduced her home and the rest of her street to rubble.

“You just never think it’s going to happen to you,” she said.

Anzalone said she’ll miss some of her sentimental items.

“The hard thing is I have antiques for 40 years, so they’re all gone,” she said.

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