Firefighters Struggle to Slow 2 Big Ventura County Wildfires

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As another series of wildfires spread rapidly through California, more than 20 million people in the state are under red flag warnings Friday.

Mandatory evacuations are in placed for various parts of Los Angeles County as the fire spreads towards the Santa Monica Mountains.

The full extent of the destruction is still unknown, but authorities believe up to 1,000 buildings have been destroyed - most of those in Paradise, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman said.

Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate, but there were no injuries to residents or firefighters, said Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief Dave Richardson.

Strong wind is blowing two brush fires out of control in Ventura County, and one of them has closed a section of Highway 101. Some structures have already been destroyed, Cal Fire reported. Winds were blowing between 25-30 miles per hour and pushed the fire across the freeway onto Conejo Mountain toward the Pacific Coast Highway.

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He said: "The town is devastated, everything is destroyed". Los Angeles is prone to natural disasters as earthquakes are expected in the region, but with the drought this year and mighty fires, it's becoming even more unsafe to live in the area.

Residents took to social media to share their views of the flames almost consuming the hillside in Newbury Park, which borders Thousands Oaks to the west. "I pray everyone is safe", she wrote.

At one point, one resident on Twitter pleaded for help in evacuating 40 horses from a a farm, The Malibu Times reports.

The so-called Woolsey Fire burning west of Los Angeles has surpassed 15 square miles (39 square kilometers) Friday morning and is continuing to grow.

A second evacuation center for animals was opened this morning at Hansen Dam, 11770 Foothill Blvd.in Lake View Terrace, after the evacuation center at Pierce College in Woodland Hills reached capacity.

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The city of Malibu was under mandatory evacuation orders Friday morning.

Not too far away, firefighters were also battling the Hill Fire, which broke out along Hill Canyon in Santa Rosa Valley. Early Friday, the whipping winds prevented fire commanders from ordering aerial assaults in the early morning hours, but some flights began at 5:30 a.m.as the wind died down.

"My hometown of Paradise is on fire".

"The preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were located in vehicles that were overcome by the Camp Fire", the Butte County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

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