City reel­ing from shoot­ing be­sieged by fire

The Prince George Citizen - - News -

THOU­SAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A city reel­ing from the tragedy of a mass shoot­ing was un­der a siege of a dif­fer­ent sort Fri­day as rag­ing wild­fires on both sides of the city forced wide­spread evac­u­a­tions and shut down part of the main free­way to town.

Flames driven by pow­er­ful winds torched at

least 150 homes in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, burn­ing parts of Cal­abasas and man­sions in Mal­ibu and prompt­ing or­ders for 250,000 peo­ple – in­clud­ing some celebri­ties – to flee as the fire marched across the Santa Mon­ica Moun­tains to­ward the sea. The cause of the blazes was not known.

For Thou­sand Oaks, which had been con­sid­ered

one of the safest cities in the na­tion be­fore a gun­man mas­sa­cred 12 peo­ple at a coun­try mu­sic bar, the spasm of vi­o­lence jolted the city’s sense of se­cu­rity. En­croach­ing flames pre­sented an en­tirely dif­fer­ent haz­ard. “It’s dev­as­tat­ing. It’s like ‘wel­come to hell,”’ res­i­dent Cyn­thia Ball, said about the dual dis­as­ters.

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