75,000 told to flee as homes destroyed
THREE wind-whipped wildfires are burning in California, including one that spurred an evacuation call on 75,000 homes near a city that is still reeling from a mass shooting.
Voluntary evacuations of 75,000 homes were called for because of the Woolsey fire that affected parts of Thousand Oaks in Ventura County, north-west of Los Angeles, the site of a shooting massacre this week. A former US Marine combat veteran opened fire in a bar packed with college students in the town on Wednesday night, killing 12 people.
An evacuation site was at capacity at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center.
Several evacuation centres were issuing protective masks for people and many schools were closed in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
Parts of the ocean-side city of Malibu, about 48km west of central Los Angeles, are under evacuation orders.
Also burning in Ventura County was the Hill fire, which had torched 4047ha.
In northern California, a blaze on the outskirts of Chico had more than tripled in size to 2838ha and was only “5 per cent” contained.
In flames: A house at oceanside Malibu.