woolsey fire

(Photo courtesy Captain Tim Gailey, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Firefighters are having to deal with strong Santa Ana winds Sunday as they continue to battle the massive 83,000 acre Woolsey brush fire in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties.

The focus of the firefight is in the Santa Monica Mountains, where the fire is moving through rugged terrain dotted by ranches and homes.  More than 170 structures have been confirmed destroyed, but officials concede they expect the number to rise.

Firefighters made progress towards stopping the spread of the monster Woolsey Fire in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties Saturday, but warn a new round of wind could create new problems. The Woolsey fire remained at 70,000 acres burned Saturday, and crews gained 5% containment.

A massive brush fire burning in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties has grown to 70,000 acres, possibly destroying more than 150 homes.

The Woolsey Fire extends from the Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks areas south to the fringes of the San Fernando Valley, and west to Malibu.  Authorities are investigating two deaths in the Malibu area to see if they were a result of the fire.

Firefighters are trying to get a handle on the boundaries of the two major brush fires they are facing in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.  The rugged terrain complicates mapping efforts, but the acreage numbers are 70,000 acres for the Woolsey Fire, and 4500 acres for the Hill Fire as of 8 a.m. Saturday.

More than 200,000 people are impacted by mandatory evacuation orders.

Firefighters are hoping to take advantage of milder weather that’s in the forecast today to make progress towards controlling two dangerous brush fires burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The Woolsey fire has burned more than 35,000 acres of land, and destroyed an estimated 150 homes.

As the Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire charred thousands of acres of land in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, dozens of schools are closed on Friday, November 9th.   There's a full list at vcoe.org.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the Borderline Grill in Thousand Oaks November 7th Starting November 8th, the Hill and Woolsey Fire burned thousands of acres and caused multiple evacuations.

Now, the community is coming together to care for the survivors and their families, and to help evacuees. KCLU has compiled a list of resources below.

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