Here’s What I Saw When I Ran Into California’s Worst Fire In History (VIDEO)
The firefight against the destructive and deadly Woolsey Fire entered its fifth day Monday as officials keep one eye focused on the constantly changing weather conditions.
The fire had grown in size Monday to 91,572 acres – just over 143 square miles – and containment had increased from 15 percent to 20 percent, Cal Fire reported just before 7:30 a.m.
Favorable overnight weather conditions contributed to the fire’s minimal growth, Cal Fire stated. More than 3,200 firefighters are working to contain the fire.
The fire, which began around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, has burned more than 83,000 acres. As of Sunday morning, it was 10 percent contained. Two deaths have been linked to the fire and are under investigation. Three firefighters have been injured and 177 structures have destroyed. As of now, 57,000 structures are being threatened.
Approximately 75,000 homes are impacted in the Woolsey Fire area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“This is the most destructive and devastating fire that I’ve witnessed since the 1993 fires,” said Malibu City Councilman Skylar Peak.
Officials placed the entire city of Calabasas under an evacuation order Sunday evening and thousands of people remained under evacuation orders in Los Angeles and Ventura counties Monday.
The fire is being blamed for the deaths of two people whose bodies were found in a vehicle in the 33000 block of Mulholland Highway. Three firefighters, whose conditions were unknown, have been injured in the blaze.
Numerous homes owned by Hollywood stars have also been destroyed, including homes owned by Miley Cyrus, Neil Young and Gerard Butler.
About 370 structures have been destroyed, according to Cal Fire. Officials said most of those were burned during the first 24 to 36 hours. Another 57,000 structures remain threatened Monday morning.
Fire officials are forecasting full containment of the blaze by Nov. 17.
No official cause of the fire — which began on Nov. 8 on the Santa Susana Field Lab property east of Simi Valley — has been determined.
The state has enacted the Emergency Management Assistance Compact to request assistance from other states, and 153 fire engines are on their way from surrounding states to combat the Hill and Woolsey fires.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Saturday told The Hollywood Reporter, “I think the Departmental people are professionals and in our experiences have been good in getting us the reimbursements and the federal assistance. Even if some things get politicized at the very top with snarky comments from the president.”
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