Major California Cities Evacuated as Fire Bears Down on Counties Already in Mourning

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November 09, 2018Nov 09, 2018

Please pray for Southern California. In just a few days, the area has been struck with two major tragedies. First, there was a shooting in the Borderline Bar and Grill in Ventura County that resulted in the death of 12 people and the shooter.

Now, two fast-moving wildfires are forcing thousands of evacuations. The evacuations include the entire city of Malibu and a sprawling naval base, according to ABC

"One of the blazes, the Woolsey Fire, grew to more than 10,000 acres overnight as it spread south from Simi Valley in Ventura County to Agoura Hills in Los Angeles County, where the flames jumped the 101 Freeway and continued burning toward the Malibu area," reported ABC.

About 148,000 residents in Ventura and Los Angeles counties have evacuated or in process of evacuating. This includes a mandatory evacuation for all of Malibu, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

ABC also noted that the freeway was closed in both directions near the Liberty Canyon Road exit due to "very active fire conditions," authorities said.

On Friday, the Woolsey Fire was zero percent despite efforts by hundreds of firefighters. The fire started in Simi Valley, which is northeast of Thousand Oaks where the mass shooting happened on Wednesday night.

"Authorities have described the blaze as a very dangerous, wind-driven fire. Wind gusts could reach 70 mph and relative humidity could be as low as 2 percent in Southern California on Friday, creating the conditions for the fire to rapidly spread," reported ABC.

The Woolsey Fire joins a second blaze, the Hill Fire, which started around the same time in the Santa Rosa Valley area of Ventura County. It has since grown to 6,100 acres. And several areas were under mandatory evacuation orders. This included the Naval Base Ventura County's facility in Point Mugu.

That fire was also zero percent contained as of Friday morning. Authorities warned that the flames could spread all the way to the Pacific Ocean. An emergency proclamation has been issued for Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

Please pray for everyone who is being evacuated. Please pray that everyone is safe and their houses are spared.