CAL­I­FOR­NIA

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mag­a­zine that is il­le­gal in Cal­i­for­nia.

As Thou­sand Oaks re­mained un­der threat from the wild­fires, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ued into what drove gun­man Ian David Long, 28, to kill.

Mau­rer an­nounced around 2 a.m. Fri­day on Face­book that she had safely evac­u­ated her Ven­tura County home.

“Safety check-in part 2,” she wrote. “We were evac­u­ated and are safely at my mom’s house.”

Just 12 hours ear­lier, she had posted her first “safety check-in” on her Face­book pro­file af­ter es­cap­ing the gun­fire at the bar.

“I can’t be­lieve I’m say­ing this again,” she posted, re­fer­ring to the Route 91 at­tack. “I’m alive and home safe.”

In April on the six-month an­niver­sary of the Oct. 1, 2017, Las Ve­gas shoot­ing, Kelly and Mau­rer, along with about a dozen oth­ers, were pic­tured to­gether at the Border­line dur­ing a Route 91 sur­vivors meetup. Last year, in the wake of the Las Ve­gas at­tack, the same bar hosted a “Coun­try Strong” ben­e­fit con­cert for lo­cal vic­tims.

Over the past year, the bar had be­come some­thing of a home away from home for many sur­vivors of the Las Ve­gas shoot­ing, which left 58 peo­ple dead.

The South­ern Cal­i­for­nia fires — two of three ma­jor fires burn­ing Fri­day in the state — broke out Thurs­day in Ven­tura County as the area was reel­ing from the coun­try bar shoot­ing.

Air tankers swooped through the skies, mak­ing low passes to dump wa­ter and flame re­tar­dant as fire­fight­ers tried to pro­tect homes amid gusts top­ping 60 mph.

As of about 2:40 p.m. Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to the Ven­tura County Fire Depart­ment, more than 25,700 struc­tures had been af­fected by the fires.

The flames creep­ing down the hill­sides of Thou­sand Oaks were vis­i­ble Fri­day from the city’s teen cen­ter, which had trans­formed overnight into a shel­ter for evac­uees. A day ear­lier, the fa­cil­ity had been where griev­ing fam­ily mem­bers had gath­ered and learned the fate of loved ones who had not re­turned from the Border­line.

“Oh God, it’s al­most bib­li­cal, right?” said long­time Ven­tura County res­i­dent Robert Nudel­man, 67. “It’s like we’re just wait­ing for the next bad thing to hap­pen.”

Nudel­man was told at about 1 a.m. to pack his be­long­ings and aban­don his home in Westlake Vil­lage.

On Fri­day af­ter­noon, with nowhere to go, he walked along a busy road near his home and watched as crews strug­gled to con­tain a brush fire scorch­ing the edge of a neigh­bor­hood perched on a hill.

“I just hope that every­body stays safe,” he said. “But I’m pos­i­tive the com­mu­nity will have no prob­lem mov­ing for­ward.”

Con­tact Rio La­can­lale at rla­can­lale@re­viewjour­nal.com or 702-383-0381. Fol­low @ri­o­la­can­lale on Twit­ter. The As­so­ci­ated Press con­tributed to this re­port.

A Ven­tura County fire­fighter makes a call over his ra­dio as col­leagues work Fri­day to con­tain a wild­fire along Lin­dero Canyon Road in Westlake Vil­lage, Calif.

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