'Doctor Strange' Director Loses Home in Woolsey Fire

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By Thursday evening, it had scorched up to 7,000 acres and sent residents of more than 1,200 homes fleeing, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Fire officials ordered the evacuation of large swaths of the beachside city of Malibu Friday as a raging fire jumped the USA 101 Freeway west of Los Angeles and raced toward the sea and the community famed for its surf and celebrity homes.

Voluntary evacuations have been added in Ventura County for Lake Sherwood and the area south of Highway 101 and north of Potrero Rd. between Westlake Blvd. and Wendy Dr.in Thousand Oaks. "I just had to evacuate my home from the fires".

At least five people have died in burnt out cars as wildfires sweep across California. By 9 a.m. Friday, CalFire said it had burned 6,000 acres. Murphy says firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remained in place.

A mandatory evacuation order for the entire city of Malibu has been reinstated as one of California's major wildfires bears down on the enclave called home by many Hollywood stars. She added that her husband, agent David Bugliari, was safe in NY and that her trainer was evacuating her horses.

The Woolsey Fire broke out about 2:25 p.m. Thursday, pushed by strong Santa Ana winds which prevented fire commanders from ordering aerial assaults in the early morning hours. "All residents, from Ventura County Line to the area of the Getty Villa and the Ventura (101) Freeway to the ocean, must evacuate as soon as possible".

Fire officials have issued evacuation notices for parts of Chico, a town of 93,000 people north of Sacramento. Her publicist could not confirm the status of her house, but told Reuters that Jenner was safe.

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The Woolsey Fire exploded to 14,000 acres overnight, driven by 50- to 60-mph winds that helped propel the flames southward across the 101 Freeway in the Liberty Canyon area early Friday. Traffic accidents turned roads into gridlock and residents abandoned vehicles and ran from the flames, carrying children and pets, officials said.

Responders are still assessing how many structures were lost, but the priority Friday was life safety and making sure people get evacauted from threatened areas, he said.

In Hidden Hills, just north of Calabasas, Adrienne Janic gave her home over to firefighters late Thursday to use as a command center. Cal State Channel Islands has also been closed.

It was 0 percent contained and the cause was under investigation.

FOX 11 reporter Gina Silva stood by with residents as the fire moved in on their Westlake Village homes.

Pimlott said six major fires are now burning in California, with three (Camp, Woolsey and Hill) designated "critical".

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