75,000 told to flee as homes de­stroyed

The Sunday Times - - WORLD - LOS AN­GE­LES

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.

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