This Is What The Woolsey Fire Is Doing To Southern California (VIDEO)
The Woolsey Fire continued to challenge fire personnel Tuesday as a massive flare-up near Lake Sherwood sent a huge plume of smoke hundreds of feet into the air.
As of Tuesday, the Woolsey Fire had reached 96,314 acres and was 35 percent contained. The Hill Fire stayed at 4,531 acres and had reached 90 percent containment, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The flare-up, which was first reported around 9:15 a.m., reached 50 to 100 acres in size less than an hour later, Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Stan Ziegler said.
“It is a flare-up from the Woolsey Fire. It is not a new start,” Ziegler said.
Aircraft pounded Tuesday’s flare-up with water and fire retardant. The sky was dark above them and there were flames up along the ridge line, said Steve Gunner.
“It was like a war zone up there,” he said.
He and about two dozen others watched the air attack from alongside Potrero Road near Wendy Drive in Newbury Park.
Chief Daryl Osby, of Los Angeles County Fire Department, said progress against the Woolsey Fire is encouraging.
“(We’re) getting the upper hand here. …There is a lot of confidence as it relates to the containment and control of this fire. We’re feeling better. Our containment percentages have increased,” he said Tuesday at a news conference.
According to Osby, the area consumed by the fire is larger than the city of Denver.
For residents trying to return to some form of normalcy, government agencies plan to host a community meeting Wednesday. The event in the Thousand Oaks City Council chambers is planned for residents of Oak Park and Thousand Oaks whose property was affected by the region’s wildfires.
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