Malibu residents ordered out as California wildfire nears
MALIBU, Calif. — About two-thirds of the city of
Malibu was ordered evacuated early Friday as a ferocious Southern California wildfire roared toward the beachside community that is home for many Hollywood celebrities.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire raging through the Santa Monica Mountains was headed to the ocean. Malibu has about 13,000 residents and lies along 21 miles (34 kilometres) of coast at the southern foot of the mountain range.
The fire erupted Thursday near the northwest corner of Los Angeles as the region’s notorious Santa Ana winds gusted, triggering overnight evacuations of an estimated 75,000 homes in western Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County. The fire then pushed southward.
Another fire was burning farther west in Ventura County, also moving toward the ocean.
A helicopter drops water while a wildfire burns a home near Malibu Lake in Malibu, Calif., yesterday. About two-thirds of Malibu was ordered evacuated.