The battle against the Hill and Woolsey fires continues as firefighting efforts focus on saving homes as mandatory evacuations remain.
At approximately 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, a brush fire was reported at Hill Canyon Road west of Santa Rosa Road in the Camarillo Springs area. Since, the fire, dubbed the Hill Fire, exploded to upwards of 10,000 acres, threatening homes in Camarillo and forcing mandatory evacuations, including for the California State University, Channel Islands campus. As of Friday, Nov. 9, 437 structures remain threatened though none have been lost or damaged by the fire.
The Hill Fire is being slowed by passing through the burn scar of the 2013 Spring Fire, which lead to subsequent mudslides in the winter of that year. Firefighters are building fire lines to combat the blaze, according to the Ventura County Fire Department’s Public Information Officer Captain Stan Ziegler, but an estimated 15,000 residents have been forced to evacuate.
Ziegler says that just over 500 firefighters are currently assigned to the Hill Fire. Winds are expected to continue to blow in a southwestern direction with gusts up to 35 mph through the evening, with sustained winds at 20 to 25 miles per hour. The Dos Vietnos community of Newbury Park, CSUCI and the Camarillo Springs community remain under mandatory evacuation.
The Department expects total containment of the fire, which was reported to be at 6,100 acres as of 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, by Thursday, Nov. 15.
Evacuation Centers can be found at the Borchard Community Center at 190 Reino Road in Newbury Park and the Camarillo Community Center at 1605 E. Burnley St. in Camarillo. Both sites have N-95 masks available and are accepting small animals.
Shelters accepting large animals include the Ventura County Fair Grounds at 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. The Ventura County Animal Shelter is accepting small animals at 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call Ventura County Animal Services at (805) 388-4258.
The Woolsey Fire continues to threaten homes in Westlake Village and Oak Park and has hopped the 101 Freeway on its way toward Malibu, where a mandatory evacuation early Friday morning saw the town of 13,000 evacuate in its entirety along the Pacific Coast Highway.
The Woolsey Fire started near the Rocketdyne facility in Simi Valley on Thursday afternoon and spread rapidly due to strong winds in the area. The fire has destroyed homes in Oak Park, Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks and forced the closure of Highway 101 in the Agoura Hills area.
Evacuation Centers for areas affected by the Woolsey Fire:
Thousand Oaks High School – 2323 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks
Rancho Santa Susana Recreation Center – 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Ave. Simi Valley
CURRENTLY AT CAPACITY: Thousand Oaks Teen Center and the Goebel Senior Adult Center in Thousand Oaks,
Containment remains at 0 percent for both fires. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
For the most current information available, visit www.vcemergency.com.